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Wantagh, New York, USA. July 4, 2016. Miss Wantagh contestants, past and present, bow their heads and pause for moment of silence in honor of American military members at start at the 60th Annual Miss Wantagh Pageant crowning ceremony, an Independence Day tradition on Long Island. Below flag in dark dress is Ella Stevens, the Miss Wantagh Pageant Coordinator. 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.