Jennifer Corey, Miss District of Columbia 2009
Gown from The Crowning Touch
(photo by Sonya Gavankar, Miss D.C. 1997)
Corey's other local operatic connection is that she has been spending her time working as the Education Intern at Washington National Opera, helping with outreach and school programs. WNO's Manager of Media Relations, Michelle Pendoley, told Ionarts by e-mail that the company "offers its sincerest congratulations to our city’s new Miss D.C.," adding that "we’re very fortunate to have such a wonderful role model working directly on our outreach and education programs." Pendoley also said that the midnight blue gown worn by Corey when she sang in the talent competition was loaned by WNO’s Costume Studio. "It’s the least we can do for an intern who is dedicated to public service, the arts and education!" Pendoley remarked. "WNO wishes Jen all the best as she begins preparations for the Miss America Pageant, and we stand ready to provide all the advice, support and operatic expertise that we’re able!”
Corey, whose platform issue was recycling awareness ("Let's Talk Trash"), wins a $5,000 scholarship and the opportunity to represent the District of Columbia in the Miss America pageant. On a side note, it is a little strange for those of us who actually make our permanent home in the District of Columbia -- that is, if we think about the Miss D.C. pageant at all -- that many of the contestants are not young women with any long-term roots in the city: they are often students at local universities and, this year particularly, Capitol Hill staffers. One supposes that this could happen in any of the 50 states, but it is surely more of an issue because of the unusual nature of this city.