Bow native aiming high at Miss America competition

Union Leader Correspondent
September 07. 2017 11:41PM

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

This photo of Lauren Percy leaving for the Miss America Competition was posted on the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program Facebook page. You can track her journey to the crown there. ((Courtesy Photo))

ATLANTIC CITY — A woman who works to help her peers obtain scholarships for higher education is representing New Hampshire at the Miss America Competition in Atlantic City.

Lauren Percy, 23, is a Bow native who 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.

Her platform is “Reach Higher: Making Higher Education Possible.”

Percy says she will be graduating from Columbia debt-free, and wants to help other women reach their educational goals.

On Wednesday afternoon, Percy said she expected her first on-stage question will be about her platform.

Percy said she was interviewed by the panel of judges Tuesday. Contestant interviews make up 25 percent of their overall score, and all topics — domestic and international — are on the table.

Percy felt confident about her interview, saying she felt like the judges took the time to get to know her as a person.

Scores for talent make up the biggest percentage of a contestant’s score: 35 percent. Percy, who is a dancer, said she will be performing a jazz piece to “Another Day of Sun” from the movie La La Land.

“It’s such a sunshiny song. I knew that if I made it to Miss America, I wanted to use it, because I just wanted to have a blast with my talent,” Percy said.

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

The Miss America competition will be broadcast live Sunday night on ABC. The final night of competition starts at 9 p.m.

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