Vermont Business Magazine Julia Crane, 22, of Colchester was crowned Miss Vermont 2018 at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday evening in Randolph. Crane is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Sciences, a degree she earned Cum Laude. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health, also from the University of Vermont, and expects to graduate in the fall. She performed a tap dance to Hey Momma/Hit the Road Jack by Pentatonix in the talent portion of the competition.
Julia Crane Miss Vermont 2018. Photos courtesy of Jon Adams Photography.
In addition to the title of Miss Vermont, Julia Crane earned $5,000 in cash scholarships, including a $1,000 Stowe Rotary scholarship, and $3,550 of in-kind scholarships to Dale Carnegie of Vermont. Crane also took home the Miss America Scholar Award and an additional $1,000, as well as the award for raising the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals out of all contestants this year. An award-winner at the Miss Vermont competition for several years prior to her win last night, Crane has earned over $11,000 in cash scholarships to further her education from the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization and Miss America Organization.
Crane lives her platform “Be a Hero: Be an Organ Donor” through her many years promoting organ donation and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including the Vermont Children’s Hospital at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
“I’m so excited to be the new Miss Vermont,” Crane said. “I’ve spent the last several years promoting Be a Hero: Be an Organ Donor, and look forward to the opportunity to share my message with a broader audience, especially nationally at the Miss America Competition. The opportunity to bring the significance of organ donation into the public eye cannot be overstated. Increased public awareness will help us create more heroes right here in Vermont. Together, we can save up to eight lives through one, selfless donation. With organ donation, from death can come life, and everyone has the ability to be a real life superhero.”
Miss Vermont’s first runner-up was Shaniah Bartlett of Montpelier. The non-finalist talent award was won by Mariah Rust of St Johnsbury and the non-finalist interview award was won by Debbie McNally of Northfield.
Miss Vermont 2018 will represent the state at the 2019 Miss America pageant in historic Atlantic City on September 9th.
Shannon Adams, Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen
The Miss Vermont program also crowned their teen ambassador on Saturday. Shannon Adams, 16, of Warren is the new Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen. A celtic harpist, she performed “The Mad River Set,” a self-composed piece inspired by her community during the talent competition in the show. Adams is a sophomore at Harwood Union High School, and will be promoting her platform, Creative Minds-The Importance of School Arts Programs, as Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen.
She said, “I’m thrilled to be able to reach such broad audiences in Vermont as Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen and I’m excited to speak with civic organizations across the state about the importance of arts education programs. The arts are the greatest and most powerful form of expression we will ever have. Art is a way of spreading new ideas and sharing culture and is the kind of tool that inspires change in the world. My experience advocating for arts programs is so fulfilling and I can’t wait to hit the ground running in this new role.”
In addition to the title of Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen, Shannon Adams earned $1,000 in cash scholarships and $3,550 of in-kind scholarships to Dale Carnegie of Vermont.
Adams will represent Vermont at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition in Florida this summer.
The mission of the Miss Vermont organization is to promote personal and professional development, civic consciousness, service, higher education, and integrity.
Source: Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization Inc.