DERRY, NH — Lauren Percy, of Bow, was crowned Miss NH on April 29 during the annual Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Pageant. Fun facts: She was first runner-up in 2016, and beyond her outward beauty, she’s a huge SNL fan girl, who plans to apply her interest in higher education to a position with the Department of Education one day.
Q. How has pageantry affected your life?
The Miss America Organization gave me the confidence to take my make-up off. After being involved with the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program as Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen 2011, I uncovered the ability to love the person that I am. As Miss New Hampshire, I hope to help young women find themselves, just as my “big sisters” in the Miss America Organization helped me discover my true potential.
I graduated as a history major from the University of New Hampshire specializing in the transition period between the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. I also researched pirates and privateers from the New Hampshire seacoast! I am currently a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the City of New York. I study the purposes and policies of higher education. I plan to earn my Ph.D. in Education Policy and Social Analysis and work for the Department of Education.
In 2016 The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program awarded $70,000 to local participants. Learn more about the scholarship program here.
- Miss New Hampshire 2016: Caroline Carter, $15,000
- First Runner Up: Lauren Percy, $4,500
- Second Runner Up: Katie Smith, $3,500
- Third Runner Up: Mariah Larocque, $3,000
- Fourth Runner Up: Katie Masso-Glidden, $2,500
- William J. Haggerty Talent Award: Jessica Avelar, $800
- Overall Interview Award: Lauren Percy, $800
- Preliminary Talent Awards ($250 each): Caroline Carter and Jessica Avelar
- Preliminary Swimsuit Awards ($250 each): Katie Smith and Samantha Mackes
- Non-Finalist Interview Award: Kelsy Ferdinando, $350
- Non-Finalist Talent Award: Hannah Trepanier, $350
- Meg Geraghty Memorial Community Service Award: Jana El-Sayed, $1,000
- Donald C. Anderson Platform Award: Samantha Mackes, 1,000
- George Naum Congeniality Award, Hanna Trepanier, $800
- Suzanne Knox Memorial Academic Achievement Award: Samantha Mackes, $1,000
- Deborah Jean Howard Memorial Teacher Education Award: Kelsy Ferdinando, $1,000
- Lisa Cripps Richer Memorial Humanitarian Award: Alainna Belanger, $1,000
- Passion For the Arts Scholarship: Sarah Tubbs, $1,500
- 5 Finalists (6th-10th place contestants, $1,500 each): Jessica Avelar, Samantha Mackes, Linda Lee Montminy, Sarah Tubbs, Sarah White
- 18 non-finalists ($1,300 each): Felicia Arsenault, Destiny Bennnett, Alainna Belanger, Kylee-Ann Drew, Jana El-Sayed, Kelsy Ferdinando, Ciara Ferland, Brooke Gatchell, Shawna Gile, Kat Howland, Stephanie Iacuzio, Kaley Missert, Taylor Morello, Laura Patnaude, Brittney Sulham, Hannah Trepanier, Sabrina Vail, Kayla Warren.