On Saturday evening, June 22, Jeanelle Achee, a 22-year-old from
Rochester, was chosen as the new Miss Vermont 2013. Held at the
South Burlington High School Performing Arts Center, the Miss
Vermont Scholarship Competition featured eight contestants from
around the state.
As Miss Vermont, Achee receives more than $9,000 in
scholarships, over $12,000 in prizes, and the opportunity to
compete for the Miss America title in Atlantic City, NJ on
September 15, 2013. Currently a student at The University of
Vermont. Achee is majoring in nursing and hopes to pursue a career
Achee said she is honored to be awarded the title and is
confident it will afford her the opportunity to share her platform
with the people of Vermont. "My platform is Stop the Silence:
Advocating for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Promoting Healthy
Relationships. I am looking forward to speaking with Vermonters
about the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization and how it is
aiding me in raising awareness about sexual violence," said
During her year as Miss Vermont, Achee will travel throughout
Vermont advocating her platform issue. "I believe it is important
for my generation to lead their communities by example. Young
people can make positive changes in the future by working together.
I want to be a part of making those hopes for change a reality,"
As the new Miss Vermont 2013, she will do this by meeting with
government representatives, business leaders, community groups and
citizens-at-large, urging them to foster leadership opportunities
and skills for young people.
"This year's Miss Vermont Competitors are an extraordinary group
of very talented young women," said Susan J. Lackey, president and
executive director of the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization.
"They include a minister, a Truman Scholar, and several past award
winners. This year's Miss Vermont comes from a well-trained class
of Preliminary Titleholders. It is an honor to welcome
Jeanelle to the Miss Vermont sisterhood. I look forward to working
closely with her," Lackey continued.
The Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization awarded a total of
$19,650 in cash and in-kind scholarships to contestants receiving
awards during the final and preliminary competitions. These
First Runner-Up /$5,000: Nina Merriam of Montpelier
Second Runner-Up /$2650: Jackie Croft of
Third Runner-Up /$600: Rylee Field of
Miss Vermont Sisterhood Spirit Award /$100:
Miss America Scholar Award /$1000: Alayna
Westcom of Bakersfield
Miss America Community Service Award /$1000:
Children's Miracle Network Miracle Maker: Rylee
Field of Montpelier
Established in 1945, the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization
provides opportunities for young women to achieve their personal
and professional ambitions. Contestants also participate in
community service activities and develop leadership skills that
help them excel in their chosen career and life goals. A
not-for-profit 501(c)3 affiliate of the Miss America Organization,
the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization has made available more
than $1 million in scholarships and in-kind funds to hundreds of
young women throughout Vermont.
For more information visit www.missamerica.org.