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Fifth Miss Littleton Area crowned

Miss Littleton Area 2013 Brooke Ross pinning crowning the new Miss Littleton Area 2014 Brittany Sulham at Saturday's cpageant on stage at Littleton High School. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
June 25, 2014
LITTLETON—Glowing in her glittery lavender gown, Brittany Sulham was crowned the fifth Miss Littleton Area Saturday night on stage at Littleton High School. Sulham, of Bethlehem, is a recent graduate from Profile School and performed a modern dance to "Heart Cry" during the talent portion of the pageant. Reagan Murphy, of Gorham, was also crowned Miss Littleton Area's Outstanding Teen and performed a monologue.

Dennis Hartwell, director of the Miss Littleton Area Scholarship Program, was pleased at this year's "record admission of over 100 people." He also noted that from an excellent year of fund raising, the scholarship amounts for Miss Littleton Area and her runners up were doubled across the board, with Sulham receiving $1,000; first runner-up, Samantha Paquin, of Lancaster, earning $300; and $200 going to second runner-up and People's Choice, Ciara Ferland, of Littleton. Murphy received $100 for her Outstanding Teen title.

Also making an appearance at the pageant were Miss New Hampshire 2014 Megan Cooley and Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen 2014 Caroline Carter, who each performed a vocal selection. The Littleton contestants were able to showcase their talents as well through poetry readings, instrumentals and dances. Additionally, the 2013 Littleton Idol winner, Max Sjostrom, of Gorham, performed Bruno Mars' "Treasure" while contestants strutted across the stage in their bathing suits or fitness attire.

The five contestants of Miss Littleton Area and four of Outstanding Teen also walked across the stage in their evening gowns, assisted by members of the White Mountain Regional High School's Junior ROTC, who also acted as color guard during the National Anthem. Additionally, contestants were asked onstage questions by a panel of judges that included Senator Jeff Woodburn of N.H. District #1, Tara Giles of WLTN Radio, Steven Rader of Comfort Inn & Suites, Emshika Alberini of the Chang Thai Café and Carrie Gendreau of Emma & Company for the Miss competition, Kristen Lucas of Harris Energy, Christian Peck of Jean's Playhouse and Melissa Poore of New England Wire Technologies for Outstanding Teen. One question asked whether the contestant felt that America was ready for a female president or not. Ciara Ferland answered, "U.S. women are confident, smart, and ready to show the country what we're about."

Contestants were crowned based on a tally of the judge's scores. Before relinquishing their titles, however, Miss Littleton Area 2013 Brooke Ross and Miss Littleton Area's Outstanding Teen 2013 Paige Reid delivered their farewell addresses. To Ross, Reid spoke, "You have been the best big sister and I can't imagine sharing this year with anyone else." Turning to the Outstanding Teen contestants she continued, "To the girl I crown tonight: be prepared to have a crazy, hectic, and wonderful reign." Both Reid and Ross wished their successors luck and thanked those who helped them reach where they are, Ross having recently completed her Master's degree at Plymouth University. Hartwell wished them luck for the future, and then watched as they took their final walk.

Brittany and Reagan will be making their first official appearances attending the Woodsville Fourth of July Parade and the Lincoln/North Woodstock Fourth of July Parade. The following day, they will appear in the Franconia Old Home Day Parade.

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