At the end of the introduction ceremony, Ms. Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold, center, joking looks up to the statue of a new Ms. America being crowd by the current one. They were taking part in the arrival ceremony where all the 53 contestants gather together for the first time at the start of the Miss America Beauty Pageant.
Aristide joined the staff of The (Newark NJ) Star-Ledger in November 2000, where he covers a variety of topics from urban violence to prep sports. He has traveled extensively documenting wide-ranging events from the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece to the recovery effort in Port au Prince, Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake. Aris’s photographs have been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States and internationally. He also lectured at numerous institutions including presenting his work at a 2002 symposium on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in Manhattan at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Previously he worked at the State Journal-Register in Springfield, IL and the Dubois County Herald in Jasper, IN. A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Economopoulos resides in Jersey City, New Jersey.