Emma Burke named Miss Port St. Joe 2023

Port St Joe now has its very own Miss Port St Joe.

The first of its kind title, introduced this year, was awarded to Emma Grace Burke, a senior at Port St Joe High School and a third generation native of the town. 

Burke is currently serving as a captain of the Varsity Cheer Team at her school and is actively involved in the Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Key Club, National Art

Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Senior Executive Board. 

She is a high honor student. 

“I am so excited about the opportunity to represent my City and be actively involved in events and happenings as Miss Port St. Joe throughout 2023,” said Burke “I am especially excited to speak with students about my platform, which I am very passionate about.”

With her platform, Burke hopes to tackle bullying, especially cyber bullying, which is on the rise among students, starting as early as elementary school. 

“It can be devastating to a young person’s confidence and reputation,” she said. “I was a victim of bullying myself, so this is a topic near and dear to my heart.” 

Burke made her public debut at Miss Port St. Joe on Tuesday, November 1 at the Port St. Joe Board of City Commissioners’ regular meeting.

Miss Port St Joe is directed by Amy Connolly and is not affiliated with any state or national level pageant.

Burke was hand-selected by organizers of Miss Port St. Joe, who felt she could leave a lasting legacy for the role.  In the future, Connelly said she would like to organize a pagaent for the community, should there be enough support for such an event.

To book an appearance for Miss PSJ, please email: Miss@psjfl.us.

This report has been updated from earlier versions to include details of Burke’s selection for the role.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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