Ranucci eyes Miss Teen Rhode Island North America crown


Megan J. Ranucci is hoping the third time’s the charm as far as competing for the prestigious title of Miss Teen Rhode Island North America.

“I consider pageants a great way to meet different kinds of amazing girls and support one another,” said Ranucci, 17, who is the daughter of Melissa A. Ranucci and Michael A. Ranucci of Johnston. “In total, I have competed in five pageants, and this is the third time in this specific pageant.”

In 2019, the talented teenager – who has succeeded at the highest levels in duckpin bowling, cheerleading and dance just to name a few – was voted second runner-up after a performance many people called “stunning and spectacular.”

In 2018, Ranucci’s talents and pleasing personality surfaced in the form of Miss Congeniality, a title that is voted upon by all contestants in the highly acclaimed pageant.

Sunday, Ranucci will be back on stage inside the famed Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, again displaying her talents in hopes of winning the coveted crown of Miss Teen Rhode Island North America, as well as a berth in the national pageant that’s held in June.

So, Ranucci – who is armed with vast experiences of previous pageants – will compete in a number of areas with the Judge’s Interview weighing heavily upon the girls whom selected voters feel will best represent the prestigious title of Miss Rhode Island Teen North America.

Ranucci and the other contestants will also be judged in the fitness and active wear, swimsuit and traditional evening gown categories.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to again competing in this pageant,” Ranucci offered while announcing that she’ll be wearing a white Sherri Hill evening gown during that area of the classic competition. “It should be lots and lots of fun – after our nerves calm down.”

Ranucci’s platforms speak volumes about what is important to her.

“If I win the Miss Rhode Island Teen North America title,” Ranucci said, “I plan to bring awareness to bullying and misuse of social media via cyber bullying.”

Ranucci, who is a senior and honor roll student at St. Mary’s Academy-Bay View in East Providence, also emphasized: “I hope to bring more awareness to the importance of the climate change crisis.” She will head to Salve Regina University in Newport this fall, with a Dean’s Scholarship in hand.

She will pursue her bachelor’s degree and later a master’s in healthcare administration and management. 


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