Samantha Russo was crowned Miss New Hampshire 2013 at the end of the annual pageant held at Stockbridge Theatre in Derry on Saturday night of April 27, 2013. She will represent the state of New Hampshire in the upcoming Miss America 2014 pageant, scheduled to take place in the Atlantic City this September.
Miss New Hampshire 2013 Samantha Russo. Photo by: Steve Smith Photography.
Samantha, a graduate of Emerson College, is the reigning Miss Souhegan Valley. She is from Nashua and is 22 years old. She earlier won the preliminary talent competition singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” on Thursday; and the preliminary swimsuit competition on Friday.
Currently, she is working for The Seedling Cafe as well as in the marketing department for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball team.
Samantha’s platform for the pageant is “Kick Butts: Tobacco Education and Prevention.”
With the title, she was awarded a $13,000 scholarship. She plans to use the money to help pay back student loans.
Below is Samantha Russo’s Pageant Q&A:
How has pageantry affected your life?
Pageantry has affected my life in so many ways. First and foremost, it has made paying back my student loans less of a hassle. Pageantry has also taught me to dream bigger. If someone told me a year ago that I would be competing for the title of Miss New Hampshire, I probably would have given them a strange look. I learn something new about myself every day because of this organization.
What would you say has been your greatest experience?
The greatest experience of my life so far would definitely be traveling to MLB Spring Training in Florida two years in a row. My school sent a small group of students down to Florida to cover 15 baseball teams (including the Boston Red Sox) and create a half-hour television special. I got to interview so many major league players and coaches. Not only was it a great boost for my resume, but it was so much fun to see first hand, as a working journalist, what goes on at Spring Training.
Are you an early-bird or a night-owl?
I am definitely an early-bird. I love to work out in the morning and watch Good Morning America. I like waking up early because it means that I have more time during the day to get things done.
What is your greatest achievement?
To date, my greatest achievement is being ranked nationally as a collegiate sports journalist. Sportscasters Talent Agency of America ranked me as the fifteenth best collegiate sportscaster in 2012. I was one of only two women to ever be ranked by the organization. It means so much to me that other people recognize my passion and hard work.