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Miss Exceptional Long Island pageant bestows crowns, confidence

Kaitlyn Keisner, 9, of Coram, is crowned Miss

(Credit: Jennifer A. Uihlein)

For the 10 delegates who graced the stage at Sunday’s third annual Miss Exceptional Long Island pageant at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, an evening of stardom and fanfare carried with it a much more lasting mission -- building self-confidence.

The pageant was founded in 2012 by Nikki Silva and Christine Box to allow participants with developmental and intellectual disabilities...

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