The new Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen, Xanthi Russell, and the new Miss Lakes Region, Emily Bolduc. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
August 01, 2018A group of young women showed their talents, passions, and poise at the 2019 Miss Lakes Region and Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen competitions.
Candidates for both programs took part in a series of competitions on Saturday night at the Gilford Youth Center for the titles. Both are part of the Miss America Program and the winners will go onto compete for Miss New Hampshire and Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen.
Mary Keleher, Emily Bolduc, Shawna Gile, Alex Loduca, Emily Spencer, Grace Henry, and MacKenzie Herlihy competed for the title of Miss Lakes Region and Hailee Beane, Heather Dearborn, and Xanthi Russell vied for the title of Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen.
All of the contestants took part in the Talent, Evening Wear, and Onstage Question categories. The Miss candidates took part in Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimwear and the Teen candidates took part in Lifestyle and Fitness in Sportswear.
At the end of the evening the 2019 Miss Lakes Region and Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen were crowned by outgoing Miss Lakes Region 2018 Sarah White.
That same night, the 2016 Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen Morgane Vigroux, now Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen, was competing in Florida for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
The 2019 Miss Lakes Region is Emily Bolduc of Tilton, a graduate of Empire Beauty School with the platform of "Suicide Prevention And Awareness."
For the talent portion she did a vocal performance of "On My Own" from "Les Miserables."
During the onstage question portion, she was asked why she thought the deaths of 17 people in a duck boat accident got more attention than the deaths of 12 US soldiers. She said that the people who serve this country do it for a reason, which should be respected.
"They've put themselves at harm's way and they are aware of that," Bolduc said.
Bolduc also won the People's Choice Award.
She said winning was "insane."
"There are some awesome, amazing, beautiful, talented women there, it was amazing to stay on the same stage as them," Bolduc said.
She plans to spread awareness about depression and suicide, including talking about the topic at high schools and middle schools and teaching students the signs of depression.
Grace Henry was the first runner up and the second runner up was Emily Spencer.
Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen for 2019 is Xanthi Russell of Durham. Russell is a student at Oyster River High School and had the platform of "Actionism: Get in on the Action."
For her onstage question, she was asked what the best compliment she has ever received. She said the late Miles Goldberg said "Xanthi you're the best girl I have ever met."
For her talent performance she did a tap dance to Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go."
Russell said she wants to "educate, demonstrate, and encourage" people to take more action.
Hailee Beane won the People's Choice Award.