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Miss Wantagh Pageant crowning ceremony, a long-time Independence Day tradition on Long Island, held Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in front of Wantagh School, New York, USA. Left to Right, Kara Arena Miss Wantagh 2011, Kelly Garland Miss Wantagh 2010, Eden Held Miss Wantagh 2009, Hailey Orgass Miss Wantagh 2012, and 1st RunnerUp Alysa Kelly, 2nd RunnerUp Paulina Renda, and 3rd RunnerUp Alyson Hopkins. Since 1956, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, has crowned a high school student based mainly on academic excellence and community service.