Jillian Fisher, 20, of Burlington was crowned Miss Vermont 2019 at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday evening in Burlington.
She beat first runner-up Ashley Terpak of Ludlow and second runner-up was Hannah Roque of Middlebury. The non-finalist talent award was won by Therran Adams of Warren and the non-finalist interview award was won by Alexina Federhen of Bennington. The Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization awarded $24,700 in cash scholarships and in-kind scholarships to the new titleholders and to the job candidates last night.
Fisher is a rising senior at the University of Vermont studying Animal Science. A talented vocalist, she sang Dream On in the talent portion of the competition.
In addition to the title of Miss Vermont, Fisher earned $5000 in cash scholarships, including a $1000 Stowe Rotary scholarship, and $3900 of in-kind scholarships to Dale Carnegie of Vermont.
Fisher will spend the next year promoting her social impact initiative “Fighting Addiction” across Vermont as she advocates to reduce the stigmas surrounding opiate addiction and treatment.
“I’m thrilled to be Miss Vermont 2019,” she said. “Our state is at the forefront in how we combat the opiate crisis affecting the nation and I’m looking forward to sharing my message with a broader audience, especially nationally at the Miss America competition.”
Miss Vermont 2019 will represent the state at the 2020 Miss America pageant in September.
The Miss Vermont program also crowned their teen ambassador on Saturday. Danielle Trottier, 16, of Barre is the new Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen. A jazz dancer, she performed to “Cinema Italiano” during the talent competition in the show last night. Miss Trottier just completed her junior year at Spaulding High School, and will be promoting her platform, “Breaking Barriers at the Barre,” as Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen.
She says, “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 making dance attainable to more people.”
In addition to the title of Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen, Danielle earned $1000 in cash scholarships and $3550 of in-kind scholarships to Dale Carnegie of Vermont.
She 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.