When Jamie Lynn Macchia first entered the Miss America competition to help pay for college, she had no idea that she’d become Miss New York in 2015. A class of 2009 alum of Staten Island Technical High School, 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– the highest placement ever won by a New York representative– and is the former Miss Greater New York 2013 and 2015.
At age 17, Jamie Lynn first started competing in the Miss America Organization when she was still a student at Staten Island Tech with the goal of obtaining college scholarships. 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.
When Jamie Lynn was 15, her childhood best friend died of Leukemia. As a tribute to him, Jamie Lynn has devoted much of her time and resources as former Miss New York to advocating for childhood cancer research and funding on her personal platform, called Inspiring Action Against Pediatric Cancer. Since starting her advocacy, Jamie Lynn has raised over $70,000 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.