DERRY — Twenty-eight contestants will vie for the top crown this week in this year’s Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program.
The 68th annual contest takes place May 1-3 at the Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy.
The winner will take home at least $13,000 in scholarships and will represent the state ceremonial functions while promoting her own personal platform.
She will also compete in the Miss America pageant.
Competition points will be scored in categories including talent, interview, evening wear, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, and on-stage question.
“As the leading scholarship provider to young women in the state, we are looking forward to the crowning of a new Miss New Hampshire,” program president Brenda Keith said. “Our organization awards thousands of dollars to women excelling in academic achievement, performing arts, healthy living, leadership and community involvement. These scholarships serve to further our participants’ education so they can continue to give back to the communities where they volunteer, work and live.”
The public will also have a chance to weigh in this year on their favorite contestants by casting votes through the Miss New Hampshire Facebook page. The contestant gathering the most votes online will join the nine other contestants earning the most points to make up the top 10 candidates.
“We encourage all fans on Facebook to vote for their favorite contestant and support the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program,” program co-executive director Bill Haggarty said.
Last year, the public cast more than 5,000 votes, he said.
Tickets for this year’s preliminary programs on May 1 and 2 are $10. The final competition is May 3 at 6 p.m. and tickets range from $35 to $50.
Tickets are available through the Miss New Hampshire office at 20 East Broadway in Derry or by calling 437-9027.