Miss Vermont is selected

Associated Press / June 27, 2011

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — A 20-year-old University of Vermont student has been crowned as the new Miss Vermont, giving her the opportunity to compete for the Miss America title in Las Vegas in 2012.

Katie Levasseur of Burlington won the Miss Vermont Scholarship Competition over 10 other contestants Saturday night at the South Burlington High School Performing Arts Center.

“I am already looking forward to my duties this year, traveling, meeting new people, and getting the word out about my platform, which is Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow,’’ Levasseur said after winning. Levasseur will talk to government representatives, business leaders, community groups, and citizens at large, urging them to get involved in fostering leadership skills and qualities in today’s young people.

Levasseur won $7,250 in scholarships and more than $12,000 in prizes. She is a political science major.

The Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization awarded $19,650 in scholarships to contestants receiving awards during the final and preliminary competitions.

In the contest that concluded Saturday, the first runner-up was Kimberlee Supernaw of Brattleboro. Second runner-up was Nydelis Ortiz of Essex, followed by third runner-up Caroline Kemp of Richmond and fourth runner-up Alayna Westcom of Bakersfield.