Miss Vermont 2009 is crowned, will promote youth empowerment

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Wed, 07/01/2009 - 5:22am -- Anonymous

Laura Hall, 21, of South Burlington was crowned Miss Vermont 2009 at the historic Barre Opera House last week. Hall is a senior at Assumption College, studying Organizational Communication. She performed a jazz dance to “Almost Like Being in Love” in the talent portion of the competition. Hall has chosen “Youth Empowerment – Leaders of Today” as her platform for her year of service. She states: “With the title of Miss Vermont, I plan to use personal experiences to connect with today’s youth in an attempt to make each individual see that they really do make a difference and play a vital role in society. I want youth to find their passions and speak up about various issues that personally affect them.”
Hall will be representing the state at the Miss America pageant in January. In the meantime, she has a great deal she plans to accomplish: “There are several elements of Youth Empowerment that I will break down and discuss. In order to gain one’s full leadership potential, I feel that it is necessary to cover topics such as drug and alcohol prevention, self-esteem and confidence issues, overcoming stereotypes and building character, community involvement and volunteerism, setting and achieving goals, and role models.”
The Miss Vermont program also crowned their teen ambassador on Saturday. Sarah Cramton, 17, of Thetford is the new Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen. She sang “America The Beautiful” in the talent portion of the competition. Cramton is a senior at Thetford Academy. She will represent the State of Vermont at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen competition in Florida this August.
The mission of the Miss Vermont organization is to promote personal and professional development, civic consciousness, service, higher education, and integrity. The volunteer-run organization is lead by three previous Miss Vermont titleholders, who are stepping down in July.