YONKERS, N.Y. -- Mayra Avila from Yonkers, N.Y., is competing this weekend in the 2014 Miss New York USA Pageant.
The pageant will be held at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center in Harrison, N.Y., on Friday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 19.
Avila is 25 years old and is the daughter of Julio and Monica Avila.
She is currently a mathematics teacher at Ossining High School. She graduated from Mercy College in 2013 with dual master's degrees in childhood education and secondary math education with special education.
Avila was crowned Miss Westchester 2014 at the Miss Westchester and Miss Hudson Valley pageants last August in White Plains.
In addition to preparing for the state competition, Avila has spent the past five months participating in charitable events, visiting patients in children’s and veterans’ hospitals and making personal appearances in parades and at community events.
In her quest for the state crown and title, Avila is being sponsored by local business, Allways East Transportation, Inc., as well as private individuals.
Each Miss New York USA contestant will compete in swimsuit, evening gown and personal interview. The winner will represent New York at the nationally televised Miss New York USA pageant later this year.
Tickets for the preliminary competition on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. and the final show on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. can be purchased through the Purchase College Performing Arts Center box office 914-251-6200 or www.artscenter.org/tickets .
Prices are $50-$75 for the preliminary competition and $65-95 for the final show. For more information, contact Dee van Eyck at the Miss Westchester and Miss Hudson Valley pageant office 914-834-3550 or visit the pageant’s website www.westchesterpageants.com.