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Miss New Hampshire 2018 to be crowned Saturday

Union Leader Correspondent

April 26. 2018 8:42PM
The stage is set for the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Pageant at Stockbridge Theatre in Derry. The volunteer crew has created a 1980s themed production for the 72nd annual pageant. (FACEBOOK)

DERRY — The next Miss New Hampshire will be crowned Saturday night at the Stockbridge Theatre in Derry.

There are 28 women vying to be named a finalist for the competition. The winner takes home at least $15,000 in scholarship money and will compete for the title of Miss America 2019 in Atlantic City later this year.

The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program distributes $70,000 annually. That includes at least $1,300 for the 16 women who are not selected as finalists.

Contestants have been rehearsing for the pageant since March.

On Wednesday, the contestants were interviewed by the judges who will select this year’s winner.

Judges include Renee Plummer, the vice president of marketing for Two International Group in Portsmouth; Mignon Merchant Ball, Miss Oklahoma 1996; Michael Hannah, who has been involved with the Miss America Organization since 1989; Peggy Miller, who has served as the executive director of the Miss Washington Scholarship Organization since 2007; and actor David Weincek.

Michele Hanson, the director of the Miss Capital Area program since 1990, said Thursday the program has grown by leaps and bounds over the years.

“The number and quality of the contestants is truly remarkable. Having just attended this morning’s dress rehearsal, I can tell you that this year’s production will stand out as one of the best yet,” Hanson said.

Miss New Hampshire President Brenda Keith said the well-educated and talented members of the class of 2018 are becoming fast friends.

“Frankly, as I have watched the young women in rehearsal and in the interviews, this is an extraordinarily tight competition this year. Any one of them will make a great Miss New Hampshire,” Keith said.

Keith said the current Miss New Hampshire, Lauren Percy, will be missed when she returns to Columbia University in New York City to finish her master’s degree.

The competition itself started Thursday night with on-stage preliminary rounds. More on-stage preliminary rounds are scheduled for Friday night starting at 7 p.m.

The final night of competition starts at 6 p.m. Saturday.

For more information about tickets to the scholarship pageant, visit

People can also watch the competition from home using a pay per view option. To learn more, visit

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