About Miss Connecticut 2002






Tanisha Nicole Brito, Miss Connecticut 2002, says that once she puts her mind to it, she can do anything.

And that anything could be making the dean’s list, winning a tap dance competition, cooking a fantastic meal or winning the Miss Connecticut crown.

“What drives me is to do better than I have before. I like to see exactly how much I can accomplish. I believe I have what it takes to do anything, if I put my mind to it,” she said.

Tanisha, 22, is a Christian who believes that her faith in God and prayer, hard work and family support has brought her to where she is today. Her grandmother and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice are her role models.

In her year of service as Miss Connecticut, Tanisha wants to bring the peer-mentoring program "Each One Teach One" to more schools in the Nutmeg State.  She has worked with the Connecticut Mentoring Partnership,  which is affiliated with the National Mentoring Partnership of Philadelphia. Since being crowned,  Tanisha has started her mentoring program at her high school alma mater. Tanisha was a peer mentor all through high school and says “it really helped me get through high school and established me as a leader in my school.” She is a 1998 graduate of Waterford High School. 

The 74th annual Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant was held on June 15 at the Garde Arts Center in New London. So Tanisha literally “came home” from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta to become Miss Connecticut. Tanisha lives in New London with her grandmother. Her mother lives in nearby Groton. 

To win Miss Connecticut, Tanisha competed against 15 other young women between the ages of 17 and 24. She also won the interview and lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit) award. Tanisha was second runner-up in the competition in 2000 and the Joe Johnson Non-Finalist Interview winner in the Miss Georgia pageant in 2001. While she was preparing for Miss America, Tanisha was taking classes at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point, so that she may receive her degree from Clark Atlanta University. Her degree will be in mass media arts with a concentration in public relations. She was on the dean’s list and belongs to Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, and was a cheerleader in college. 

Miss Connecticut is affiliated with Miss America, the largest scholarship program for young women in the world.