GILFORD — A field of 19 talented young women and teens will be seeking the titles of Miss Lakes Region 2014 and Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen 2014 in an evening of competition on Saturday, August 3 at 6 p.m. at the Gilford Youth Center.
Miss Lakes Region, Holly Blanchard, a Top 10 Finalist and Overall Talent Winner at the Miss New Hampshire 2013 Program and Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen, Kenya Welch, crowned Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen 2013 this past February, will crown their successors.
Audra Paquette Burns, Miss New Hampshire 2005 and former Miss Lakes Region 2004, will serve as emcee for the pageant. Erica Millett, Miss Lakes Region 2009, will head choreography. Special guest Samantha Russo, Miss New Hampshire 2013, will be on hand to perform and speak about her upcoming trip to Atlantic City for the Miss America Pageant this September.
The programs are official preliminaries to the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program and the Miss New Hampshire Outstanding Teen Program. The winners of Saturday night's program will go on to take part in their state programs in April and February 2014 respectively held in Derry.
Miss Contestants include:
Jessica Avelar, 19, a sophomore at Saint Anselm College
Mary Beth Bjork, 23, a graduate of Keene State College
Mallory Coulombe, 20, a junior at Southern New Hampshire University
Elizabeth Curette, 23, a graduate of Flagler College, Florida
Kelsy Ferdinando, 21, a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University
Emma Horton, 17, a senior at Laconia High School
Nichole Iacuzio, 22, a graduate of Troy University, Alabama
Samantha Mackes, 17, a senior at Belmont High School
Rebecca Noyovitz, 19, a junior at Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania
Laura Patnaude, 20, a junior at Towson University, Maryland
Elaina Powell, 18, a senior at Belmont High School
Kendal Wipff, 21, a junior at Saint Anselm College
Outstanding Teen Contestants include:
Savannah Carberry, 15, of Somersworth
Kylee Drew, 16, of Gilford
Shawna Gile, 15, of Derry
Natalie Jenkins, 13, of Nashua
Sarah Oswald, 15, of Merrimack
Katie Smith, 15, of Merrimack
Victoria Whalen, 16, of Hudson
Miss and Teen Contestants will be judged in five areas of competition. Miss contestants will be judged in Private Interview, Talent, Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, and Onstage Question. Teen Contestant will be judged in Private Interview, Talent, Lifestyle and Fitness in Sportswear, Evening Wear and Onstage Question.
Doors open at 5:30 and the program start at 6. Admission for the program is $12 for all seats/all ages. For more information call 267-5311.