Jamie Lynn Macchia, Staten Island Technical High School ’09: Miss New York 2015
When Jamie Lynn Macchia was a student at Staten Island Technical High School, her childhood best friend died of Leukemia. Less than 10 years later, she has raised over $70,000 for pediatric cancer research as Miss New York 2015.
As a 17-year-old high school student, Jamie Lynn first started competing in the Miss America Organization with the goal of obtaining college scholarships. She won the Miss Staten Island title in both 2012 and 2014, making her the first and only woman to ever achieve the title twice. Jamie Lynn was also named first runner-up at the National Sweetheart Pageant in 2014, which is the highest placement ever won by a New York representative, and former Miss Greater New York 2013 and 2015.
“Everything I made from competing went towards my education,” Jamie Lynn says. Throughout her time competing in pageants, she won over $25,000 in scholarship money which she used to attend and graduate Magna Cum Laude from Wagner College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Arts Administration and Marketing.
As a tribute to her childhood best friend, Jamie Lynn has devoted much of her time to advocating for childhood cancer research and funding on her personal platform: Inspiring Action Against Pediatric Cancer. Since starting her advocacy, Jamie Lynn has raised money for charitable organizations, served as co-chair of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, and won awards including Miss America Organization’s Community Service Award and Academic Award, Children’s Miracle Network’s “Miracle Maker” Award, Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s “20 Under 40” Award, and Star Network’s “Stars Under 40” Award. Today, Jamie Lynn is the Development Officer for Staten Island University Hospital and a part-time dance instructor.