NATALIE BROSH CHOSEN AS MISS BEL AIR INDEPENDENCE DAY 2017
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The Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Inc., the non-profit all-volunteer group that produces the parade, fireworks and all other events in the Town of Bel Air each July 4th, is proud to announce that NATALIE BROSH has been chosen as the Miss Bel Air Independence Day for 2017.
The title holder, the 7th consecutive, is familiarly known as "Miss Bel Air.” She will serve as hostess of and participate in one of the region's largest 4th of July celebrations, taking place from dawn to night on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, and will also help promote the event in the weeks leading up to the event. Events in Bel Air on Independence Day include the flag-raising at 6:45 am in front of Bel Air High School, the traditional Pancake Breakfast, and various family-friendly functions during the day, including the traditional competitive events, Uncle Sam Says, and the Watermelon Eating Contest! Finally, Miss Bel Air 2017 will lead the parade down Main Street in Bel Air at 6 pm, and will give the signal to launch the fireworks later that same night.
Representing the Town of Bel Air and the Bel Air Independence Day Committee, Miss Bel Air will compete for the title of Miss Maryland in June 2017; the Miss Maryland Pageant is a part of the Miss America Pageant process.
According to Mike Blum, Parade Chairman and Chairman of the Miss Bel Air Selection Committee, “We were captivated by Miss Brosh’s compelling resumé of accomplishments, public service, commitment to her community and hope for the future. But most of all we were impressed by her courage, her upbeat attitude and her enthusiasm for being a representative of our Committee and our event,” Blum adds.
Don Stewart, President of the entire Bel Air Independence Day Committee, agrees. “Despite facing significant challenges, Miss Brosh has accomplished more in her life so far than many people can do over a much longer time span. We feel honored to have her as our Official Hostess for all our events, celebrating our community and our nation.”
In accepting the title, Miss Brosh states, “I would like to thank the Selection Committee for conferring on me this amazing honor. I'm very excited to represent my town of Bel Air and to further the goals and aims of the Bel Air Independence Day Committee!”
Miss Brosh is a resident of Bel Air and a Diploma Recipient of the International Baccalaureate Programme offered at Edgewood High School. She is currently a Music Therapy Major and French Language Minor at Immaculata University in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
At Immaculata, she is President-Elect of the University Chorale, a member of the Selective Madrigals Ensemble, a member of the Spectrum Diversity Organization, the Pianist and Vocalist for the Praise and Worship Team, a member of the University Honor Society, a President’s Scholar, Dean’s Scholar, Music Scholarship winner, and a volunteer performer at many university and community events.
She is also Organist, Choir Director and Minister of Music at the Zion United Church of Christ in Perry Hall.
At Edgewood High School, she was National Honor Society President, Captain of the Edgewood High School Varsity Swimming Team, a member of the Edgewood High School Speech and Debate Team and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
While still in high school, she was elected Student Representative for the Harford County Commission on Disabilities, and she offers a weekly practicum at the Royer Greaves School for the Blind in Paoli, Pennsylvania.
Her other honors include 1st place in the Harford County PTA Reflections Musical Composition Contest and Film contest; winning the Maryland Commission of Women “Women of Tomorrow” contest; a Town of Bel Air Citizenship Citation; 1st place for 3 years in her Middle School Science Fair; and winning the Maryland Young Authors Writing Contest for Short Story and Poetry multiple times.
Miss Brosh is devoted to using psychology and music to improve the lives of persons with disabilities. She is an Ambassador for for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, for which she has participated in events at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, fundraisers at Hershey Golf Club and Bulle Rock Golf Club, Radio-thons and Telethons at WWMX 106.5 and WJZ-TV, among others.
She was the Maryland Ambassador Champion for the Children’s Miracle Network from 2007 - 2008, and has volunteered at Lorien Assisted Living Center in Bel Air, the Bel Air Health and Rehabilitation Center, and the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center.
Natalie joins the previous holders of the Miss Bel Air title (below, from left to right): Carrianne Cicero, Miss Bel Air 2016; Shanice Lewis, Miss Bel Air 2015; Cynthia Ford, Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2014; Laura Patnaude, Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2013; Stephanie Meadowcroft, Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2012; and Katie Meadowcroft, Miss Bel Air Independence Day 2011.