2008 Miss Polonia
Ellana Morris

I have been fortunate in my life to have been involved with many extracurricular activities. Which in turn have led me to meet wonderful people and learn new things. Since the age of two I have been able to hone my dancing talents which then evolved into gymnastics. That experience has allowed me to participate in dancing competitions in many states. The combination of knowledge of dance and gymnastics has allowed me to excel in my artistic expression. I have performed at the Continental Airlines Area as well as “WKTU Radio’s Beatstock” with my dancing team.I am at the present time enrolled in Staten Island College and will be graduating in December. My future plans are to pursue a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology. For many years I have worked with children; wheter it is teaching dance, gymnastics or arts and crafts and by becoming a speech pathologist I can not only help children but people of all ages.I am so honored to chosen Miss Polonia of Staten Island and I would like to thank all of the members of the Pulaski Day Parade Committee and Mr. Nick LiGreci for this wonderful opportunity.“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” Walt Disney. This statement to me is inspirational because I will never stop dreaming.

2008 Junior Miss Polonia
Magdalena Strzeciwilk

Magdalena Strzeciwilk, daughter of Janina and Roman was born in Brooklyn in 1998 and she moved, with her family, to Staten Island two years later. She is a fifth-grade student of Public School 32 in Great Kills and a six-grade student of The Polish Supplementary School in Staten Island.Magdalena is a very good student and the winner of many scientific awards in her school. She is a member of the school band in which she plays flute. She also takes piano lessons under the supervision of Ms. Alicia Koenig-Stola. Magdalena enjoys art and swimming very much.She has been attending The Polish-American Youth Organization, Zuchy until last July when she has reached the level harcerz, during camp in Amerykanska Czestochowa, in Doleystown, Pennsylvania. She will now join the Polish Girl-Scouts or Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego in America attending the Hufiec Podhale camp in Lakewood, N.J. this August.Magdalena is extremely proud of her Polish heritage. She has been marching for five years in the Pulaski Parade, in her Polish folk costume, side by side, with the President of the Pulaski Day Parade Committee, Thomas Kowalski and his wife, Melissa.Magdalena is very grateful to the Pulaski Day Parade Committee for nominating her to be Junior Miss Polonia. She will cherish this distinction with great pride.