Crowned in N.Y.

Photo courtesy Roy Jorgensen. Miss Norway Amy Lindland, and Runner-up, Julia Wendt.

Photo courtesy Roy Jorgensen. Miss Norway Amy Lindland, and Runner-up, Julia Wendt.

Amy Lindland crowned Miss Norway of Greater New York 2013

Roy Jorgensen

Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

Amy Lindland of Cornwall, NY was chosen as Miss Norway of Greater New York 2013 at a festive luncheon at the Arthur Nilsen Banquet Hall in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Amy was born in one of the outlying Norwegian “colonies” in Rockland County.

She is currently pursuing a double major composed of psychology and Hispanic literature and culture at Wesleyan University. Her many years of interest in softball continues while she is at college where she has belonged to the Varsity Softball team for the past three years.

Hispanic studies were enriched by having had the opportunity to study in Argentina. She has developed an interest in helping others who do not have English as a first language. She worked with a group called, Team Impact which matches terminally ill youngsters with college students involved in sports. These activities have led Amy to want to follow a career helping others by using the expertise and talents she has gained her majors at Wesleyan.

In 2008 she was lucky enough to travel to Norway with her grandparents, Dagny and Egil Lindland, and met many of her relatives for the first time and was able to experience the fabulous Norwegian nature and rich culture of the country of her ancestors. That trip brought her to the places of her roots in Norway, Sogne and Jevnaker i Hadeland. The trip also enabled Amy to better know her grandparents which is a very special opportunity.

Amy will represent the Norwegian communities in the Syttende Mai Parade in Brooklyn on May 19. Watch for her along Third Avenue, Bay Ridge and at Leif Ericsson Park at the end of the parade.

The runner-up for the contest is Julia Wendt of Long Island. She is studying chemical-biological engineering at Princeton and will be interning this summer at the Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic. She has also traveled in several other counties in Europe.

She has grown up with Norwegian traditions: Norwegian lodges, the Land of the Vikings summer camps, and has been a Lucia at her lodge. Julia has also been involved with rosemaling, Hardanger sewing and wood carving. Her Norwegian roots are in Tromsø, Stavanger and Larvik.

This article originally appeared in the April 19, 2013 issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (800) 305-0271.

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