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Wantagh, New York, USA. July 4, 2016. L-R,  KERI BALNIS, Miss Wantagh 2015; EMMA CAREY, Miss Wantagh 2016; and BRIANNA COLTELLINO, 1st Runner Up Miss Wantagh 2016; pose in front of large American Flag at the 60th Annual Miss Wantagh Pageant, an Independence Day tradition on Long Island. To their right is Maureen O'Connell, Nassau County Clerk. Since 1956, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, crowns an area high school student based mainly on academic excellence and community service.