Delia Jenny Lubanovici, former Communication major at Northwest University (2008-2012), was crowned “Miss Seattle 2013” on Sunday, March 10, 2013. During her time at Northwest University, Lubanovici competed in many local Miss America pageants, where she gained scholarships to help fund her education.
This year, Lubanovici entered the Miss Seattle Scholarship pageant as her last chance to the crown. Since it was her last year of qualification, she worked extremely hard to prepare emotionally, physically, and spiritually. In regards to who helped her prepare the most for the competition, Lubanovici says, “I credit the Communication department at Northwest University for teaching me the communication skills necessary to be a titleholder."
The Miss America Organization empowers women to serve the community and share a personal platform with those they come in contact with. Lubanovici says her personal platform is sharing the story of life. Lubanovici’s family emigrated from Romania to pursue the American dream, and the former NU student watched her parents live this out. Encouraging people with the message of hope for a better future is a significant theme in her personal and professional life.
From July 6-7, Lubanovici will compete as Miss Seattle in the 2013 Miss Washington pageant. The winner of Miss Washington will represent the Evergreen State at Miss America in September.
from Delia Jenny Lubanovici
“The competition was intense, challenging, and a thrill in itself! The other nine contestants and I attended weekly rehearsals to prepare for the final event so that when the time came, we were all ready to showcase how much we had grown.
Each phase of competition required something a little different, so you must be able to handle the pressure. There were five phases of competition including the following: private interview, on-stage question, swimsuit, evening gown, and talent. The night progressed and the only thing going through my mind was to show the judges all that I had trained for. My biggest fear was going on that stage and not doing my absolute best.
Then, the production came to an end. I was holding the hands of the girls who quickly became my good friends. They called fourth runner-up, third runner-up, second runner-up, and first runner-up. Still, my name had not been called. In that moment, I could not comprehend what was going on. Finally, I heard my name and became very emotional. I was crying because I accomplished my biggest dream, and I was smiling because The Lord had fulfilled a promise He made to me.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve Seattle with my time, my efforts, and my heart. This is a huge blessing, and I'm very thankful for all those who have helped me on my journey!”
[Photos courtesy of Ashu Shah of Vagabond Digital Imaging]
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Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013