Bill Haggerty, Co-Executive Director of the Program, said the public will have the opportunity to vote for one contestant they would like to see included among the semi-finalists and possibly become Miss New Hampshire 2014. Votes can be cast on the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MissNH). A panel of five judges will determine the nine contestants earning the greatest number of points in the five phases of preliminary competition (Private Interview, Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent and On-Stage Question competitions) to join the one contestant gathering the largest number of votes. The final competition is on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
“Our contestants received an overwhelming number of votes last year and it certainly generated a lot of interest in the competition,” said Haggerty. Samantha Russo of Nashua won the title of Miss New Hampshire 2013 last year.If the contestant earning the largest number of votes through the public voting is among the nine earning a place as a result of the Panel of Judges’ scores, then the contestant receiving the next largest number of points from the Judges will be added to the list of semifinalists.
Following the announcement of the Top Ten, all ten contestants will compete in the Evening Wear, Talent, and Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Competitions. Based on the Judges’ Composite Scoring, which takes place after the two nights of preliminary competitions, as well as the results from the on stage competitions, a Top Five will be announced. The Panel of Judges will then complete individual ballots listing the order in which they believe the Top Five should finish. Based on the points on those ballots, Miss New Hampshire 2014 and the four runners-up will be announced.
Contestants are being encouraged to actively seek votes from friends (That’s You!), neighbors, and the general public through the media and social networks. Voting will take place between April 1 and April 30, 2014.
“It’s great that one of our 28 contestants will have a second chance for additional consideration by our Panel of Judges and public recognition, in addition to the nine selected through the preliminary judging process. We think that people are again going to be very excited about this opportunity and we encourage everyone to vote for their favorite Miss New Hampshire contestant. Your vote really counts!”
To purchase tickets for the May 1-3 competitions, please call the Miss NH office at 603-437-9027.