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Wantagh, New York, USA. July 4, 2015. KAYLA KNIGHT, Miss Wantagh 2014, looks at newly crowned KERI BALNIS, Miss Wantagh 2015, who is speaking at the podium, and Nassau County Legislator STEVE RHOADS (Rep - Bellmore, LD 19), who announced the 2015 winner, is at right, at The Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, a long-time Independence Day tradition on Long Island, held at Wantagh School after the town's July 4th Parade. Since 1956, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, crowns a high school student based mainly on academic excellence and community service.