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Miss Connecticut pageant contestants strike a pose

The Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant contestants arrived in New London Tuesday to spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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Miss Naugatuck Valley Nicole Morin, left, smiles as she climbs out of the limousine carrying her and fellow contestants in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant to the Holiday Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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A group of contestants in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant pose for a photo as they arrive at the Holiday Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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Reigning Miss Connecticut Emily Audibert , right, greets contestants in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant as they arrive at the Holiday Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center. Audibert and the current Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Jaine’ Coann Truex LeFebvre greeted the contestants in the hotel lobby as they arrived.

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The current Miss Connecticut, Emily Audibert, second from right, and the current Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Jaine’ Coann Truex LeFebvre, second from left, greet contestants in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant; Miss Milldale's Outstanding Teen - Olivia Sica, left, Miss Plantsville's Outstanding Teen - Katerina Belales, center, and Miss Southington's Outstanding Teen Madison Yurgaitis, right, as they arrive at the Holiday Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Jaine’ Coann Truex LeFebvre, second from left, and Miss Connecticut, Emily Audibert, right, greet contestants in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant; Leah Ciccone, left, and Ashley Membrino, second from right, as they arrive at the Holiday Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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Miss Plantsville - Shannon Murphy, arrives at the Holiday Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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The current Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Jaine’ Coann Truex LeFebvre, right, listens to Miss Milldale's Outstanding Teen - Olivia Sica, left, as contestants in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant arrive at the Holiday Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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Miss Southington Kaitlyn Tarpey, left, smiles as Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant Vice-President Steve Smtih, right, snaps a photo of her arrival at the Harbor Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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Miss Wolcott Brianna D'Esposito weaves through the bags of fellow contestants in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant as she arrives at the Harbor Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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Contestants in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant arrive at the Harbor Inn Hotel in New London Tuesday, June 18, 2013 to begin preparation for this week's pageant. Contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and preliminary competitions culminating in Saturday night's crownings of new titleholders at the Garde Arts Center.

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