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May 03. 2014 9:58PM

Miss Greater Derry to wear Miss New Hampshire crown


Megan Cooley, Miss Greater Derry, is crowned Miss New Hampshire on Saturday night at Derry's Stockbridge Theatre during the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Competition. The former Miss New Hampshire 2013 Samantha Russo is shown placing the crown on Cooley's head. (Tracy McGee photo)

DERRY - As her family and friends yelled encouragement, Megan Cooley was crowned Miss New Hampshire 2014 Saturday night at Pinkerton Academy's Stockbridge Theatre.

Cooley, the Miss Greater Derry, broke down as her name was announced as the winner of the 68th annual competition before the large crowd that filled the auditorium almost to capacity.

Incredibly, Cooley overcame a case of laryngitis to take home the crown. She said the judges seemed to appreciate her overall performance in naming her the winner.

"I think they remembered my performance from the night before and just felt that talent isn't all of it," said Cooley, her voice breaking slightly as she spoke. "It's about representing the state with pride and confidence.

Cooley said she used to do musical theater and was encouraged by a former Miss New Hampshire to enter the competition.

She won $14,000 in scholarship funds and will compete in the Miss America competition in September.

The first runner-up was Holly Blanchard, Miss Greater Plaistow; second runner-up was Rylee Field, Miss Auburn; third runner-up was Nicole Iacuzio, Miss Monadnock Region; and fourth runner-up was Michelle Mayer, Miss Strafford County.


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