Miss Winnipesaukee earns Miss New Hampshire crown

Union Leader Correspondent
April 30. 2016 9:40PM
Now-former Miss Winnipesaukee, Caroline Carter, is crowned by the 2015 Miss New Hampshire Holly Blanchard after winning the state title Saturday. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

DERRY — Caroline Carter of Dover was showered with white confetti after she was named the 70th Miss New Hampshire on Saturday.

The Type I diabetic said she's thrilled to hold the title now and to work as an advocate for the Stop Diabetes campaign.

"I'm 18 years old, and I've just been given the opportunity of a lifetime," said Carter, a newcomer to the statewide competition who also won the title of Miss Winnipesaukee.

Along with the new title, she also will receive a $15,000 scholarship and the chance to vie for the Miss America crown.

When it comes to celebrating the achievement, she knew right away what she wanted to do.

"I'm going to get a Margarita's fried ice cream," she said.

The first and second runners up were Miss Portsmouth Area Lauren Percy and Miss Seacoast Katie Smith, who took home a $4,500 scholarship and a $3,500 scholarship, respectively.

The night was upbeat — full of Top 40 pop tunes, light shows, dance routines and unwavering smiles.

The annual competition brings in 28 titleholders throughout the state.

On the final night of the three-day competition at Pinkerton Academy, 10 finalists showed off their talents, which ranged from singing to tap dancing to speed painting.

They graced the stage in evening dresses adorned with sequins and silk, and strutted in neon and pastel colored swimwear.

The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program is a state chapter of the Miss America Organization. The nonprofit organization provides scholarship money for women throughout the state.

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