Miss NH feeling the love in Atlantic City

Sunday News Correspondent
September 10. 2017 2:29AM

Miss New Hampshire Lauren Percy (Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The Bow native who is representing New Hampshire at the Miss America Competition says she is feeling the love from supporters in the Granite State.

"I get so many texts and messages. I feel so lucky," Lauren Percy said Saturday.

Percy, 23, studied history and postsecondary education at the University of New Hampshire and is currently a graduate student at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City. She hopes to work for the U.S. Department of Education someday.

Percy's platform, "Reach Higher: Making Higher Education Possible," is all about helping women as they work on their educational goals.

This matches the central mission of the Miss America Organization, which is the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States. Millions of dollars are awarded to contestants annually.

On Saturday afternoon, Percy described the preliminary competitions. On Tuesday, she was interviewed by the judges.

The on-stage portion of the competition started Wednesday. Percy answered questions on stage about her platform. Thursday was the preliminary evening gown and swimsuit competition.

Friday's competition was a magical experience, Percy said, because she performed her dance routine to "Another Day of Sun" from the movie La La Land.

"It was so surreal to be up there and feel the lights and hear my family screaming," Percy said. There are about 25 people from New Hampshire at the competition, she said.

"I can see them from the stage. Everyone is in yellow, which is my favorite color," Percy said.

In addition to competing, all of the Miss America contestants have been giving back to the community while they are in Atlantic City. Public service is another important part of the Miss America mission.

Percy said all of the contestants are getting along, and she has formed a special bond with her roommate, Miss Oklahoma 2017 Triana Browne.

You can follow Percy on the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program's Facebook page, and you can help Percy make it to the top 15 at Miss America by voting for her once a day at MissAmerica.org/Vote.

The Miss America competition will be broadcast live tonight at 9 on ABC.

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