Caroline Carter crowned Miss New Hampshire

Caroline Carter was crowned Miss New Hampshire on April 30 in Derry. Carter, 18, was previously Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen 2014, and this was her first year competing at the “Miss Level.”

“I can’t even believe it’s happening,” Carter said, just a few moments after her crowning, adding that she planned to celebrate with some fried ice cream afterward. “I was holding hands with one of my best friends in the program, Lauren Percy, my first runner-up. I’m so lucky that I got to share that moment with her.”
Carter’s $15,000 scholarship will help with her studies at the University of New Hampshire, and plans to become an English teacher.

The Dover native has Stage I diabetes, and plans to promote her platform, “Stop Diabetes,” across the state during her year of service, as well as promote the organization itself.

“I want to go out and expand the program,” she said, “not only [adding] visibility, but among the girls competing.”

The newly-crowned titleholder, just the second in the Miss America class of 2017 (after Marybeth Noonan was crowned Miss Maine one week prior), could barely contain her excitement about what lies ahead in September.

“Oh my gosh, Atlantic City,” she said. “I’ve gone the past few years to cheer on the Miss New Hampshires, and I’m so glad I’ll finally be that Miss New Hampshire, who gets to walk on the boardwalk.”

Carter said having been Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen prepared her for the amount of energy the Miss competition would take. She said she was a little nervous about the swimsuit competition, but also found it empowering.

“A lot of people have a stereotype of diabetics – that we’re not fit,” she said. “I’m so excited to be able to show people, not only in New Hampshire, but in Atlantic City this September, that diabetics are fit, diabetics are strong, and we can make a difference.”

She added that she enjoyed the time with her fellow contestants.

“Being with the girls was just so amazing,” she said. “There was no meanness, no catty-ness. We all just supported each other. We love each other, and I can feel the support from the girls now. Everyone had big smiles on their faces. It’s a really great sisterhood to be a part of.”

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