April 15, 2024

Alissa Musto of Rehoboth is Miss Massachusetts 2016


Worcester – Alissa Musto, 21, of Rehoboth, was selected as Miss Massachusetts 2016 on Saturday, July 2, at the 77th annual Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant. Competing as Miss Cambridge, she was chosen from among 24 contestants at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Alissa was awarded a $12,000 scholarship, and will compete at the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City, N.J.

Musto is a recent cum laude graduate of Harvard University earning a degree in Government in three years. She was selected as the student speaker at graduation. While at Harvard, she was the Chief of Staff for the Harvard Government/Legal Studies Club and a Harvard Reading Buddies Volunteer. She is a House of Blues Alumni Advisory Board member, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Collegiate Ambassador and the volunteer Music Director at Dorchester Collegiate Academy.

Her musical accomplishments are many and include being in the Top 10 out of 45,000 in KidzStarUSA Talent Search; the Justine Magazine Talent Search Winner; the Music & Arts national Find Your Voice winner; and the Wonderworld TV Piano Act of the Year. She has performed at the House of Blues, the Hard Rock Café, the Massachusetts State House and Foxwoods. She performed on national TV at the age of nine and has released a CD of original music.

Alissa is also a 2012 graduate of the Providence Country Day School. Alissa is the daughter of Billy and Janine Musto of Rehoboth. She performed a piano piece in the talent competition.

During her year of service, she will highlight her platform, Changing Keys: Connecting Kids with Keyboards, as well as promoting The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the national platform of the Miss America Organization.

Musto was also the recipient of a $1,000 state Miss America Organization community service scholarship and a $350 Preliminary Talent Award sponsored by Miss Massachusetts 1970 Dr. Diana Dohrmann.

In addition to her scholarship awards, Musto also receives the following:

  • $1000 wardrobe allowance from the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation 
  • $1000 wardrobe allowance from the Miss America Organization 
  • Gift Certificate for Competition Evening Wear from Infusion Boutique 
  • Official Crown, Crown Box and Crown Pin from the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation 
  • Official Sash from the Sash Company 
  • Hair care services from Studio 2000, the official hair stylist for Miss Massachusetts 
  • Gas cards from CITGO Petroleum Corporation 

About Miss Massachusetts
The Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant is a preliminary to the Miss America Program, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to www.missmass.org.


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