In 2011, Maria was crowned Miss Delaware on her first try after winning the Miss Rehoboth Beach Pageant. She went on to compete against 51 other women in the Miss America 2012 Pageant in Las Vegas where she won the non-finalist talent award for her Irish Dance routine.
A former Miss America contestant and model, Maria has been featured on numerous television, print and radio programs including Life Site News, Life on the Rock, The Wanderer, The National Catholic Register, Townhall Magazine, and Foundation Life. She continues to use the voice given to her by the Miss America Organization to reach numerous audiences, from children in elementary schools, to representatives from Ireland.
Through her use of real life experiences with pageants and college life, humor, and an honest attitude about the reality of being a virtuous woman in a secular world, Maria strives to reach all audiences, especially young women, with the message of standing strong and holding onto your voice in the midst of adversity. She also speaks on the pressures women face in an impure world and the beauty of God’s timing and patience.