Lucy Edwards crowned Miss Vermont 2014

Lucy Edwards reacts to the news that she is now Miss Vermont 2014. Photos by Steve Smith -

Lucy Edwards reacts to the news that she is now Miss Vermont 2014. Photos by Steve Smith –

Lucy Edwards was crowned the 70th Miss Vermont at the Barre Opera House on April 26. Edwards is the first of the Miss America 2015 contestants to earn their state title.

Edwards, 19, is from Round Hill, Virginia, and is studying at the University of Vermont.

“I’m a little in shock right now,” Edwards said, just after her crowning, and added that the Miss Vermont competition is the first pageant in which she has taken part. “I just feel very blessed, and it’s about to be an amazing year. I can’t wait.”

Edwards said she felt “very Zen” during the day-long competition, in which she performed a contemporary musical theatre vocal of “I Am Changing.”

“I was really trying to breathe and just know that if it was my time, if I was to be Miss Vermont 2014, that I would be Miss Vermont 2014. I think that helped me, because I’m normally a little anxious, and I chilled out, so it seemed to work.”

When asked what she hopes to accomplish in her year of service, Edwards said, “So much.”

She plans to work with her platform, the B+ Foundation: Kids Helping Kids Fight Childhood Cancer.

“I can’t wait to work with the hospitals in the area, and with the children, and really get cracking on that,” she said.

The newly-crowned titleholder said she also has big plans when she heads to Atlantic City for the Miss America competition in September.

“I really want to shake the Miss Vermont top 15 curse at nationals, so I’m going to start working tomorrow,” she said, adding that she may first devour a pizza to cap the evening of her crowning.

Edwards, who is of Indian-American descent, said she plans to follow the footsteps of Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, and continue to break ground.

“Nina has been an amazing role model for me,” she said. “I’m also studying neuroscience and want to be a physician. So, to have someone like that to look up to, and to know that girls like me can go up there and win is really inspirational.”

Seventeen-year-old Lexie Federhen, from Bennington Vermont was crowned Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen at the same pageant. Federhen goes to Mount Anthony Union High School. She performed a vocal of “It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish,” and her platform is Stand Up and Speak Out Against Bullying.”



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