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Wantagh, New York, USA. July 4, 2015. KERI BALNIS, Miss Wantagh 2015, is holding the bouquet of roses she received as winner of 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.