Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen Transitions to Normal Life


Image Courtesy of Lindiana Frangu

Lindiana Frangu stands at the Mohegan Sun venue with both sashes from her years as Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2019 and 2020.

Mitchell Brooks, General Assignment Reporter

WOODBURY – Senior at Nonnewaug High School, Lindiana Frangu, earned the title of Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen on June 7, 2019. Frangu was initially named Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2019 and then was asked to remain the titleholder for the 2020 year due to Covid-19. Frangu will be giving up the title on April 10, 2021. She will go back to her new “normal” teenage life. 

Frangu, who is self-described as part of a big, family-oriented Albanian family, lives in Woodbury with her parents, her younger siblings, Azem and Flora, and the family dog, Roxy. 

“They have been so amazing throughout everything I’ve done from competitive dancing, to Miss CT, to modeling. They have shown nothing but love and support,” stated Frangu. 

Frangu started dancing at the age of seven. After dancing for nearly a decade, she decided to stop because she couldn’t put anything else on her already overfilled plate. Even though she let her dancing career go, she never lost passion for it. 

Frangu’s talent for dance is one of many skills and talents that earned her the title of Miss CT’s Outstanding Teen. Her professional-level tap dancing allowed her to win not one, but two years as the pageant’s state representative. 

Ashley Reid, the Executive Director of the Miss Connecticut Scholarship organization stated, “[Lindiana] is incredible to watch and has some of the fastest feet I have ever seen. The skills she’s acquired to perform at the level she does are impressive.”

Frangu is also recognized for her ability to communicate with people from a diverse set of backgrounds. From speaking to her peers at school about the importance of her social impact initiative “Breast Cancer Awareness – Helping Families Cope”, to casually chatting with an 8-year-old about how they are managing major life changes, Frangu demonstrates grace and compassion. 

Frangu has also participated in numerous outreach and fundraising efforts for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, such as hosting a blood drive, visiting nursing homes, and reading and speaking to students. 

“Lindiana’s ability to speak on various topics to people from various walks of life make her one of the most approachable teenagers I have met. She is articulate, smart, well rounded, and real – all of which are necessary to be successful as Miss CT’s Outstanding Teen,” stated Reid. 

“Frangu’s legacy held within the Miss Connecticut Scholarship organization will be a hard one to follow,” Reid said. “Through a year of much inconvenience for all, Lindiana has always maintained a positive attitude. Her ability to be strong in moments where she could have broken have made an impact on the entire organization by being the prime example of what leadership looks like.”

“The Miss CT Scholarship Organization is forever grateful for Lindiana sharing her journey with us, and we cannot wait to see the amazing things she will accomplish,” said Reid. “We will be right behind her rooting for her the entire way!”

On April 10, 2021, Frangu will give up the title of Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen after holding it for two years. Frangu plans to attend college next fall and major in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology. She has yet to choose a school, but is leaning towards colleges and universities on the East Coast. 

“Be 100% yourself because that is all you can do, and I am looking forward to continuing living by this throughout my future,” concluded Frangu.