Holly Blanchard crowned Miss New Hampshire

Twenty-three-year-old Holly Blanchard was crowned Miss New Hampshire 2015 at the Stockbridge Theater in Derry on May 2. Blanchard, a graduate of the University of Connecticut, had been competing in the Miss America system since she began in the Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen program ten years ago.

“I am unbelievably excited,” Blanchard said, just after her crowning. “This has been along-time goal of mine. I have been watching the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program since I was eight years old, and I’m just so grateful to be following in the footsteps of so many of my role models.”

Blanchard was first runner-up to Megan Cooley in 2014, and set her site on the crown even more fiercely in the year since.

“Last year, when I placed first runner-up, that was the first time that I really believed in myself and I told myself that I am able to do this,” she said. “I absolutely stepped up my game. I tried to give it my all, in every phase of competition.”

Naturally excited to be heading to Atlantic City for the Miss America competition in September, Blanchard said her talent may help her capture that national-level crown.

“We haven’t had a baton-twirler for the state of New Hampshire in a long time,” she said. “They traditionally have done quite well at Miss America, so hopefully I can [at least] bring home a preliminary talent award for New Hampshire.”

The New Miss New Hampshire’s platform is Charity from the Heart: Giving Time to Make a Difference, and she happens to work for Make-a-Wish New Hampshire, so she hopes to merge her worlds.

“I would love to form a partnership between Make-a-Wish and the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program,” she said. “I’d love to be travelling the state and promoting both of our organizations.”

Blanchard said she felt confident through the competition, but also humble, because she knows nothing is a given.

“I really tried to stay focused,” she said. “I remained calm and the support of all of these other contestants has really meant the world to me.”

In fact, Blanchard told eventual runner-up Sarah Tubbs, as the two were waiting for the final announcement, that she would support her and she knew she would to a good job as Miss New Hampshire.

“I felt comfortable, regardless of whether it was myself or her,” she said.

For more information, visit www.missnh.org.

 

 

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