Catie Ferritto was crowned Miss Daytona Beach 2014, and will compete in the Miss Florida pageant in July, for the second time.
BY MATT MENCARINI | STAFF WRITER
Catie Ferritto had home-field advantage at the Miss Daytona Beach 2014 pageant, May 5, at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center.
A graduate of Seabreeze High School, she grew up in Ormond Beach. But she's still fairly new to the pageant game.
A sophomore at Daytona State College, she enrolled in her first pageant as something to help her keep busy.
“I was watching TV one day and saw Miss Florida USA,” Ferritto said. “I called my mom and was like, ‘I want to do this.’”
She competed in her first pageant December 2011. Today, Ferritto, who was named Miss Volusia County last year, is preparing to make her second trip to the Miss Florida Pageant, in July, where she hopes to place among the Top 15.
Between now and then, Ferritto says she plans to focus on her community involvement.
“I work with (the Ormond Beach Pop Warner) special-needs cheerleading team,” she said. “So I really want to get involved with special-needs kids, because I love them.”
Ferritto also worked with the Shining STARS Pageant and Fashion Show in March.
Eyes on the prize
Because Ferritto will be making her second trip to the Miss Florida pageant, which is the qualifying pageant for the Miss USA pageant, she said she has a better grasp on what's expected of her.
“It’s really how you prepare,” she said, “and I started preparing for it probably four months ago.”
Before she was crowned Miss Daytona Beach, Ferritto made frequent trips to Miami to work with her pageant coach, Jules Myer, and the rest of her coaching team from PR Pageant Coaches, which also works with Ferritto's competitors, including Miss Florida 2013.
Ferritto began working with Myer in January, after having a different coach for last year’s Miss Florida pageant.
If you want Ferritto to help with your community organization, email [email protected].