Valerie Gatto was crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA 2014 at the conclusion of the pageant held on Sunday of December 8th, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh. She will represent the state of Pennsylvania in the Miss USA 2014 pageant, scheduled for next summer, probably in Florida.
Valerie of Pittsburgh is 24 years old. She was a semi-finalist in Miss Pennsylvania USA 2013 pageant. She is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Last summer, she made an Europe tour to France, Germany, and Italy where she taught English for children in various cities.
I recently read a very touching story about Valerie Gatto here. According to the article, Valerie had been conceived when her mother was raped at knifepoint at the age of 19. According to an interview with Gatto for CBS Pittsburgh, her mother never considered abortion.
She did have plans to put her daughter up for adoption, hoping she could be given a more stable life elsewhere. But, after Gatto was born, her grandmother reminded her daughter that God does not give us more than we can handle. She convinced Gatto’s mother to raise her little girl herself.
Her court includes the first runner-up Billie Jo Powers, the second runner-up Andrea Shen, the third runner-up Laura DiFrancesco, the fourth runner-up Cassandra Angst.
Miss Pennsylvania USA 2014 top 15: Andrea Shen, Valerie Gatto, Devon Mondillo, Cassandra Angst, Samantha Osikowicz, Stephanie Snyder, Gretchen Schoeck, Ariane Datil, Shana McKay, Lindsey Stoltzfus, Billie Jo Powers, Laura DiFrancesco, Khari Siegfried, Elliot Griffin, Candice Robinette.
At the same event, Sydney Robertson was crowned Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2014 and will compete in the Miss Teen USA 2014 pageant, scheduled for next July in the Bahamas.