Connor Boss, Miss Florida USA 2013 contestant

Connor Boss, Miss Delray Beach USA 2013, is a special Miss Florida USA 2013 contestant. On the pageant this Saturday, she will see audience members only as a blur because she’s legally blind. However, She does not want to be treated differently. She does not want sympathy from people. When Connor was 8, she had Stargardt’s disease, a retina-ravaging disorder that presented itself, turning typical 20/20 vision into 2400/2600 vision and rendering the world a hazy blur.

Connor Boss, Miss Florida USA 2013 contestant

Connor Boss was crowned Miss Delray Beach USA 2013. Photo: TEL-AIR INTERESTS, Inc.

The 18-year-old Royal Palm Beach resident is “really excited” about the pageant, her fifth since she began competing by winning the Harvest Queen crown in Belle Glade as a 16-year-old. She has just graduated from Glades Day School. She got her 4.2 GPA and she was senior class president. If you ask her, she’ll describe her high school accomplishments in track and field, where she ran the 800 meters for four years. But she’ll downplay her 2-minute, 45-second personal best: “I wasn’t very good,” she says.
Her mom being a teacher at Everglades Elementary, her dad’s work with the Broward Sheriff’s Office fire-rescue department.

What: The pageant, a preliminary for the Miss USA and Miss Universe competitions, will draw 76 women from around the state for the crowning of the Miss Florida.
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bailey Hall Auditorium on the campus of Broward College, 3501 SW Davie Road, Davie.
Contact: For ticket information, call 954-924-4949 or go to
On TV: The pageant will be televised 8-10 p.m. Saturday on WPLG-Ch. 10 and WTVK-Ch. 34.


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