Samantha Anderson crowned Miss Connecticut’s Oustanding Teen

Samantha Anderson was crowned Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen at Mohegan Sun’s Cabaret Theatre in Uncasville on April 10. Anderson, from Wolcott, is a student at Wolcott High School, and competed against a VERY talented class of 15 other young women to earn the crown.

Anderson, who placed 1st runner-up at the previous year’s competition, said she felt her determination paid off.

“I always thought it was within my grasp,” she said. “I just think that I needed to work as hard as I could, be as confident as I could, and stay true to myself.”

She performed a lyrical dance for the talent portion of the competition.

Anderson said the thing she’s most looking forward to is competing at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition in Orlando this summer.

“That’s not even a question,” she said. “But, I’m really looking forward to getting involved with the Children’s Miracle Network even more than I was before, and really promoting my personal platform, [Waving the Red Flag: Bully Prevention].”

The new state titleholder shared words of encouragement to the other contestants.

“Never give up,” she said. “I was first runner-up last year, and I came back, and I was stronger than ever.”

For more information, visit www.missctamerica.org.

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