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Rochester woman selected as new Miss Vermont 2013

On Saturday evening, June 22, Jeanelle Achee, a 22-year-old from Rochester, was chosen as the new Miss Vermont 2013. Held at the South Burlington High School Performing Arts Center, the Miss Vermont Scholarship Competition featured eight contestants from around the state.

As Miss Vermont, Achee receives more than $9,000 in scholarships, over $12,000 in prizes, and the opportunity to compete for the Miss America title in Atlantic City, NJ on September 15, 2013.  Currently a student at The University of Vermont. Achee is majoring in nursing and hopes to pursue a career in healthcare.

Achee said she is honored to be awarded the title and is confident it will afford her the opportunity to share her platform with the people of Vermont. "My platform is Stop the Silence: Advocating for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Promoting Healthy Relationships. I am looking forward to speaking with Vermonters about the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization and how it is aiding me in raising awareness about sexual violence," said Achee.

During her year as Miss Vermont, Achee will travel throughout Vermont advocating her platform issue. "I believe it is important for my generation to lead their communities by example. Young people can make positive changes in the future by working together. I want to be a part of making those hopes for change a reality," said Achee. 

As the new Miss Vermont 2013, she will do this by meeting with government representatives, business leaders, community groups and citizens-at-large, urging them to foster leadership opportunities and skills for young people.

"This year's Miss Vermont Competitors are an extraordinary group of very talented young women," said Susan J. Lackey, president and executive director of the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization. "They include a minister, a Truman Scholar, and several past award winners. This year's Miss Vermont comes from a well-trained class of Preliminary Titleholders. It is an honor to welcome Jeanelle to the Miss Vermont sisterhood. I look forward to working closely with her," Lackey continued.

The Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization awarded a total of $19,650 in cash and in-kind scholarships to contestants receiving awards during the final and preliminary competitions.  These include:

First Runner-Up /$5,000: Nina Merriam of Montpelier
    Second Runner-Up /$2650: Jackie Croft of Burlington
    Third Runner-Up /$600: Rylee Field of Montpelier
    Miss Vermont Sisterhood Spirit Award /$100: Jeanelle Achee
    Miss America Scholar Award /$1000: Alayna Westcom of Bakersfield
    Miss America Community Service Award /$1000: Jeanelle Achee   
    Children's Miracle Network Miracle Maker: Rylee Field of Montpelier

Established in 1945, the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization provides opportunities for young women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions. Contestants also participate in community service activities and develop leadership skills that help them excel in their chosen career and life goals. A not-for-profit 501(c)3 affiliate of the Miss America Organization, the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization has made available more than $1 million in scholarships and in-kind funds to hundreds of young women throughout Vermont.

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