Not Just Another Pretty Face
Miss New York State to attend 2021 Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest
The 20th Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, taking place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, 2021, is proud to present the 2021 winner of the Miss New York State Beauty Pageant: Sydney Park. A third-year law student at Fordham University, representing the Five Boroughs of New York City, Park bested 20 other contestants from around the state during the pageant’s centennial in May of this year at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater in Peekskill.
There is much more to this incredible young woman — who will be vying for the Miss America crown in December — than meets the eye. A 2018 graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in American Studies, she was the editor-in-chief of the university’s yearbook and head manager of the school’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball team. She’s worked for various prestigious law firms before and during her two-and-a-half years of law school, as well as interned at the New York State Supreme Court in the chambers of Judges Andrew Borrok and Joel Cohen.
A true role model for young women, Park is a committed advocate for gender equality in sports. As youth soccer coach for South Bronx United, her influence extends far beyond the field. Her social impact initiative, One Team, aims to empower youth through sports and to promote gender equality across the sports industry. Her advocacy focuses on supporting historically underrepresented and under-supported groups in sports, including cisgender girls and transgender and non-binary youth. She has built partnerships with the New York City Football Club’s City in the Community and Up2Us Sports, one of the largest networks of coaches in the United States.
In addition, Park volunteers with Candlelighters NYC, a foundation that supports children with cancer and their families through all stages, from discovery to remission. And as if that’s not enough, she has a pageant-winning talent for spoken-word poetry.
Come meet Sydney Park at the 2021 Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest, and help her feel all the warmth and welcome she deserves at this celebratory event.