Miss New York, Pittsford native Kaitlin Monte, has been named as one of eight finalists for the Miss America Pageant’s Quality of Life Award.


Monte received the honor yesterday at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas during the annual Miss America Pageant arrival ceremony.

Miss New York, Pittsford native Kaitlin Monte, has been named as one of eight finalists for the Miss America Pageant’s Quality of Life Award.


Monte received the honor yesterday at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas during the annual Miss America Pageant arrival ceremony.


The Quality of Life Awards were introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service.  In order to be considered for the Quality of Life Award, contestants must submit an application describing their involvement with Children's Miracle Network, the national platform of the Miss America Organization, and their own personal platform issue.


During the past year, Monte has garnered positive attention for her “Anti-Bullying Through Youth Leadership” platform.


The Miss America Pageant arrival ceremony was hosted by one of the stars featured at Planet Hollywood, Josh Strickland.


Returning to the Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for the seventh consecutive year, the contestants’ arrival kicked off a week of preliminary competitions, which will include: Interview; Lifestyle and Fitness; Talent, and Evening Wear. The pageant will culminate on Jan. 14 with a live telecast on ABC at 9 p.m. (EST).