Wed, Aug 21, 2013 02:28 PM
"At the end of the day it's easy to see this win is not just
mine to celebrate. It came from everyone in this town," she
RUTLAND - 71 girls from all over the United States took the stage
Aug. 10-11 to compete for a $5,000 bond and the title of Miss US of
America in Windsor Locks, CT. Janelle Howard, the reigning Ms
New England from Rutland, Vt. was among the competitors. She went
armed with a goal in mind and her lucky charm given to her by her
boss. She would spend four hours Saturday competing in talent,
modeling and photogenic competitions. She performed perhaps one of
the most unique talents: freestyle jump roping. Janelle Howard has
been jumping for several years with the American Heart Association
and performing in schools across New England to help encourage kids
to stay fit while having fun.
On Sunday, awards were announced. Janelle won in talent,
photogenic and the national title for Ms US of America Princess.
She would also be voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow
"There's no compliment bigger than knowing the girls you have
spent the last weekend getting to know think so highly of you. It
is truly an honor and privilege to be acknowledged in such a way,"
Janelle Howard was also very thankful for all the support she
received locally. A portion of the money she raised to compete was,
in turn, donated to St Jude's Children's Hospital.
"My boss, John Waldron, gave me the time off and helped sponsor
this dream of mine… he even gave me a good luck charm moments
before I left. It must have worked!"
Howard trusted Trace of Lace bridal boutique to help her find the
perfect gown for each level of competition. "Trace of Lace has
sponsored my gowns and helped pick the perfect dress that got me
the crown each time. I wouldn't be here with out their expertise
and professionalism. The words thank you will never be
Carris Reels, Sundaze tanning and Ropix shoes also helped Janelle
along the way.
"Carris Reels is special to me in so many ways. I play on their
mud volleyball team every year with my best friends, which are
really more like family. We spend a day in the mud to help raise
money and awareness for the epilepsy foundation… They are a
business that really thinks about others and tries to help anyone
Janelle says it was a combination of things that helped bring her
success. From the pair of Ropix shoes that were specifically
designed for her jump rope routine, to the jewelry (thanks to Sue
Huff), to hair done by local hair stylist Bizit of Avanti, and so
"At the end of the day it's easy to see this win is not just mine
to celebrate. It came from everyone in this town," she said. "It's
like we are all one big team and bringing home this win is a way of
saying thank you for believing in me."