Holly Blanchard named Miss New Hampshire
DERRY - A crowd favorite took home the crown of Miss New Hampshire Saturday night.
Holly Blanchard, who went into the competition as Miss Rockingham County, succeeded in reaching a life-long dream, and will now represent the Granite State at Miss America in Atlantic City, NJ, this September.
Blanchard became involved with the scholarship program at the age of 13. Saturday's competition marked her sixth year of involvement in the "Miss" level of competition.
Backstage after the show, Blanchard described the hard work she put into winning the title this year.
"In every phase of the competition, whether that's lifestyle and fitness, talent or interview, I just really tried to improve in any area I could, so at the end of the day, if this weren't to happen, I wouldn't have any regrets," Blanchard said.
Blanchard won the judge's hearts over with a dance/twirl routine to "Show Me How to Burlesque." She says that traditionally twirlers do well at Miss America, so she is hopeful that she will do well there, as well.
In the meantime, Blanchard will continue to focus on her work with Make-A-Wish and will push for progress on her platform, entitled "Charity From the Heart: Giving Time to Make a Difference." She is hopeful that Miss New Hampshire and Make-A-Wish can develop a partnership.
Also competing in the top 10 were Emily Curtis, Miss Merrimack; Kennedy Chaney, Miss Capital Area; Delaney Mastin, Miss Greater Plaistow; Kendall Wipff, Miss Winnipesaukee; Jaycie Greenberg, Miss Londonderry; Lauren Percy, Miss Manchester; Kat Howland, Miss Gate City; Sarah Tubbs, Miss Kingston; and Kylee-Anne Drew, Miss Deerfield Fair.
To watch Blanchard be crowned, and then in each phase of competition, watch below.