Julia Belechak found out that her pageant “big sister” Sheena Monnin vacated the Miss Pennsylvania USA crown the same way many others did: on Facebook.
“I did get a call the very next day from Sheena though, telling me about her resignation and explaining some things,” Belechak revealed in an interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “That kind of made up for finding it out on Facebook.”
The Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA title holder had made numerous appearances with Monnin in the six months they that they wore the crowns for the Keystone State. With the vacant title, Belechak will now assume the responsibilities of Miss Pennsylvania USA through December.
“I had a wonderful time getting to know her,” the 18 year-old said of Monnin. “She’s a great person.”
Belechak said that her conversation with Monnin following the resignation consisted of many of the same topics that the former titleholder would discuss with Ann Curry on NBC’s “TODAY.” But despite the incident and some of Monnin’s claims, the teenager has enjoyed her experience thus far with the Miss Universe Organization.
“I wouldn’t give it up for the world,” she said. “It’s been the best six months ever. I’ve achieved my goals as Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA and now I hope to achieve my goal as Miss Teen USA.”
Belechak will have her chance soon enough, as she prepares to fly to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for the Miss Teen USA pageant. The event will stream live on-line July 28. The Cranberry Township native says that in addition to the competition, she’s most looking forward to the beach.