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Being crowned Miss Long Island 2017 is a great honor for Ashley, who has been competing in pageantry since she was 11 years old. Raised on Long Island, she is excited to give back to the place she credits to making her the woman she is today.

After her aunt was diagnosed with Stage 4 uterine cancer, Ashley became determined to spread awareness about cancers that afflict women, educating herself and others on preventive measures and treatment options. She plans to dedicate her year to raising funds for cancer research and volunteering with those affected by cancer.

Ashley is a news editor at Mic, and previously worked at the New York Daily News and PIX11 News after graduating summa cum laude from St. John's University in 2012. She loves living a healthy lifestyle through fitness and cooking and is a huge animal lover. She lives by the quote "the sky's the limit" and hopes to bring home Long Island's first Miss New York USA crown in January at the state competition.