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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The roads to victory for Mr. and Miss Lockport were very different.

Demetrius Grant
Twenty-three-year-old Demetrius Grant took the lead in the "Mr." category on the very first day of Facebook voting and never looked back. His 849 "likes" were nearly double the number put together by second-place finisher Josh Incardona. Steven Kojsza followed closely behind Incardona with 437 "likes," then came Nick D'Angelo with 185.

Grant's biographical entry for the contest says he's a lifelong Lockportian who loves to give back to his community. He works locally as an assistant customer service manager at Tops and volunteers at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen as well as serving on the Salvation Army board of directors.

"I've also been fortunate enough to foster the youth in our community through the Salvation Army Summer Day-camp as a counselor and as director for the past three years," he said. "I believe that these experiences have enriched my life and deepened my bond with the city and community. I feel it has also prepared me to meet the expectations of becoming Mr. Lockport and I will continue doing my best to make the Community proud. I appreciate this opportunity and I am honored to be considered."

Lea Sobieraski
The Miss Lockport contest played out in a very different way. Monday morning, Lea Sobieraski had a healthy 172-vote lead over Lyndsey Lou Devine and appeared to be headed to an easy victory. But Tuesday, Devine mounted an Internet campaign which not only cut into Sobieraski's lead but put Devine temporarily ahead. With just five hours to go in the voting, Devine was up. But Sobieraski came back.

In the end, Sobieraski had 982 "likes", 62 more than Devine's 920. Following were Melissa Boes with 143, Angela Boes with 130, Ayla Davis with 98 and Alyssa Benton with 54.

Sobieraski's bio says that no matter what the future holds, "I will always whole-heartedly call Lockport, New York my home."

She says that she has "experienced the beauty of Lockport and all that it is worth, and it has shaped me into the strong, motivated, kind person I strive to be every day."

"In my darkest days of being very ill, the Lockport community was my guiding light that kept me strong. Being 'Miss Lockport,' would mean so much to me, it would be a way to thank the people of Lockport for their outpouring amount of love and support and the great city of Lockport for always being my home."

The voting results were unofficially tallied by East Niagara Post at midnight. Official vote totals will be confirmed by the Lockport Sesquicentennial Committee.

Mr. and Miss Lockport are expected to be introduced to the community during the opening ceremonies of the Lockport Sesquicentennial Celebration at 10 a.m. June 27. They will be on hand for many of the festivities taking place over the nine-day celebration of the city's 150th birthday from June 27 to July 5.

For more information on the Sesquicentennial Celebration, including the 150 events planned over the nine days, visit

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