Magdalena Dutkowska was born in ?om?a, Poland in 2000. When she was 3 years old, she immigrated to Connecticut, United States with her parents. She attended Saint Ann Academy in Bridgeport, CT for 8 years and Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT for 4 years. After attending 13 years of Father Jerry Popie?uszko Polish Saturday School in Derby, CT, she graduated and passed her Polish final exam. In 2018, Magdalena completed the Certificate Examination in Polish as a Foreign Language at the B2 level in New York. She is a rising sophomore at Fairfield University where she is majoring in International Affairs and Spanish and minoring in Humanitarian Action. Magdalena embraces her heritage through reading in Polish during Mass and taking part in plays at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Bridgeport, CT. In the past, she also danced and sang in a Polish folk dance group called Polanie. Magdalena has loved helping others since she was a little girl. When she was 11 years old, she travelled to Kenya where she built an elementary school, walked miles to fetch water from dirty rivers with women, and learned Swahili. During this trip, Magdalena realized how impactful her work of helping those who did not have access to clean water, food, education, and health services truly was and decided then she wanted to dedicate the rest of her life doing this. Ever since that time, she has volunteered with many organizations and events that help refugees, immigrants, children, women, etc. Magdalena hopes to become Miss Polonia CT to celebrate the importance and value of her Polish heritage and demonstrate how we can use our culture and identity to serve others both locally and globally.