Emily Palisoc will compete for her lifelong dream title on Dec. 17.
Emily Palisoc has been working toward competing for Miss Florida her whole life. The 20-year-old Palm Coast resident has worked her way up to Miss Palm Coast and will finally get her chance at the state title at Miss Florida USA in Tampa on Dec. 17.
Palisoc was a cheerleader for the majority of her life, but that came to a sudden stop when she tore her ACL three times and meniscus once over the last several years. It isn’t stopping her from going for the Miss Florida crown though.
“It’s been my goal my whole life just to compete for Miss Florida,” she said. “I never thought I would actually get the chance to. So, really just the experience is what I’m looking forward to.”
A graduate of Flagler Palm Coast High School, Palisoc was crowned Miss FPC 2014. Pageantry is in her blood, as her aunt, Tancy Wilson, was Miss Flagler County in 1976. Palisoc’s previous titles include: Little Miss Flagler County at ages 6 and 8, Miss Junior Flagler County at age 13 and Miss Teen Jacksonville first runner-up in 2015.
“When I did the Miss Flagler County Pageant, (Tancy) would always be the one dressing me,” Palisoc said. “She helped me with my walk and wardrobe and onstage questions.”
Palisoc said she focuses on an anti-drug platform and hopes that if she wins Miss Florida, she could go to schools across the state to talk to students about the dangers of drugs. Palisoc lost her childhood best friend to a fentanyl overdose, which inspired her platform.
“I think going to schools and talking to kids from your personal experience would be really cool,” she said.