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Hard work pays off for young pageant winners



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Reagan Murphy (left), Miss Littleton Area, Mia Letourneau (center), Miss Berlin/Gorham Outstanding Teen, and Josie Pearce (right) Miss Berlin/Gorham have all won awards for their hard work and dedication. (Courtesy Photo)
May 09, 2018
REGION — Three young ladies who were recently crowned in local pageant competitions, have received awards for their hard work and dedication.

Reagan Murphy, from Gorham, graduated from Gorham High School in 2015. She currently attends Southern New Hampshire University and am graduating in December. She study communications and works as a tour guide for the school and is the program coordinator for the New Hampshire teen institute.

Back in June of 2017, she won the title of Miss Littleton Area, where she also brought home the overall talent and overall interview awards.

At this year's Miss New Hampshire, she was given the Miracle Maker Award for raising the most money for children's miracle network.

"My local director, Kendra Champagne, helped me a ton by setting up a fundraiser at her job which brought in a lot of funds," said Murphy.

She also attended events and put on her own fundraisers, including the North Country Drag Show in October at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham which she hopes to make an annual event.

"I dedicated this award to a very special young man," she said. "Tyson Poulton is the younger brother of my sister titleholder, Miss Littleton Areas Outstanding Teen, McKenna Polton. Tyson spent months in the Boston Children's Hospital due to a heart condition and has been so incredibly brave and strong and I am so thankful for knowing and having his family in my life. It is truly humbling to raise money for children like him."



Murphy earned roughly $13,000 in scholarships thanks to the Miss New Hampshire Organization.

"It has been the number one reason I am able to afford a higher education," said the young lady.

"Thank you," she expressed.

Josie Pearce, Miss Berlin/Gorham 2018, is entering her junior year at Dartmouth College. She is majoring in Government and Spanish with hopes of attending law school and becoming an international tax attorney. As Miss Berlin/Gorham, her platform is the Lupus Foundation of America. Pearce raises awareness about lupus and has raised over $10,000 for pediatric lupus research in the past year alone.

At the end of April, Pearce competed in the Miss New Hampshire pageant. She placed 3rd Runner-Up, which earned her a $3,000 scholarship.

"I am super excited and humbled to have placed 3rd Runner-Up at my first state pageant," said Pearce.

She also won a preliminary Lifestyle & Fitness award, earning another $300 in scholarship money. Pearce will put this money towards continuing her education at Dartmouth College.

"I went in to the competition with zero expectations, so I'm excited with the outcome," she said. "The scholarship money is extremely helpful when it comes to paying tuition, and I know I made my family and friends proud. I worked extremely hard for this portion of the competition, going to the gym twice a day and following a strict meal plan. I'm really proud to say that it all paid off."

Mia Letourneau, 14, is the daughter of Steve and Lauren Letourneau of Berlin. Mia is the current Miss Berlin/Gorham Outstanding Teen. Her platform is Thyroid and Graves' disease awareness.

She recently participated in the State of New Hampshire Outstanding Teen competition and won the Alumni Heart Award.

The Heart Award is a special award that is voted on by all Forever (Alumni)Miss NH Outstanding Teens. Forever (Alumni) base their decision on the potential they see in the girl they choose and how she displays her kindness, respect, cooperation and heart for the program and the determination to do well using the Teen program. 


Miss Letourneau plays the flute in the Berlin Middle School Band and was recently selected to become part of the State of New Hampshire Band. She played the "Westwind Overture" for her competition talent program.

She is a passionate field hockey player, most recently, a co-captain of the middle school team. She is also the manager of the boys' baseball team.

She has been a member of the Berlin Destination Imagination team for four years.

She loves to read and write poetry, is an avid photographer and enjoys drawing and cooking. She loves the Red Sox and the Cincinnati Bengals. She hopes to become a chemistry teacher.

She was crowned on Nov. 4 at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham. 

 The State Outstanding Teen completion was held on Feb. 9-11 at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. This is when she won the Heart Award. 

 She has already accumulated over 50 hours of appearances and community service throughout the state. 
 


"I am honored to be the Miss Berlin Gorham Outstanding Teen. I look forward to serving as a positive role model for young women here in the North Country," said Letourneau.

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