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Sarah White Crowned Miss Weirs Beach 2015

By Erin Plummer | NHFrontPage.com

On Sunday, July 12, the crowns were placed on the new Miss Winnipesaukee and Miss Weirs Beach, who will go onto serve their communities and compete for Miss New Hampshire. Eight women participated in a series of competitions which make up the pageant

The titles are part of the Miss America Organization.

Jennifer Noseworthy, Alianna Belanger, Sarah White, Kayla Warren, Caroline Carter, Kylee-Ann Drew, Laura Patenaude, and Brittany Sulham vied for the titles of Miss Winnipesaukee and Miss Weirs Beach, both carrying a $5,000 scholarship. The eight participated in interviews, the onstage question, talent presentations, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, and presence and poise in evening wear. The contestants were reviewed by a panel of judges to decide the winners.

In the end, Sarah White was crowned Miss Weirs Beach 2015, and Caroline Carter was crowned Miss Winnipesaukee 2015.

Sarah White Miss Weirs Beach 2015

The newly crowned Miss Weirs Beach 2015, Sarah White.

White lives in Hooksett, and will be going into her senior year at Manchester Central High School. She aspires to be a physical therapist specializing in sports medicine.

White's platform is "Offering Hope Through Self Injury Awareness and Prevention." White aims to increase the awareness of self-injury and addressing what leads people to harm themselves. "Everyone needs to know the warning signs," White said in her onstage interview. "Warning signs that someone is self-injuring include wearing long sleeves despite warm weather and cuts that appear on someone's skin."

In the talent competition, White did a tap dance to "Let's Live it Up."

Carter grew up in Alton and lives in Dover. She is a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and plans to pursue a bachelor's in film and media design after she graduates. Her platform is "Stop Diabetes." Carter has Type 1 Diabetes and said it is a disease that can impact anyone regardless of age or physique. She said in her onstage interview people might see her as an athlete and think there is no way she can be diabetic. "That is the stereotype I'd like to break," Carter said.

In the talent competition Carter sang "Defying Gravity."

Sarah White Miss Winnipesaukee 2015
White won the Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimwear competition, receiving a $50 scholarship. Carter won the $200 Marilyn Dearborn Memorial Scholarship for best onstage interview. Carter also won the People's Choice Award. White and Carter will each receive a $5,000 scholarship for winning the titles.

"It is absolutely unbelievable," White said. "We both worked so hard for this."

Carter said she grew up aspiring to this. "It makes it all the more special for me to be here and giving to the community," Carter said.

White and Carter were the two youngest competitors.

The first runner up was Alianna Belanger, who received a $2,000 scholarship. Second runner up was Gilford's Kylie-Ann Drew, who received a $1,000 scholarship. All the other contestants who were not finalists will receive scholarships of $500 each.

Last year's Miss Winnipesaukee Kendall Wipff and Miss Weirs Beach Jana El-Sayed talked about the experiences they had over this past year and gave advice to the new titleholders. Wipff said she made great friends and raised her confidence by being Miss Winnipesaukee for a year. "This year, I was able to do so many things, and I really attribute it all to the incredible people who supported me."

El-Sayed said she especially learned gratitude this past year and thanked many people who helped her along this journey, especially her mother. She also had some advice for the new titleholders. "Live every moment and say yes to everything that comes your way. It's going to be your growth. Remember to always be you on that stage."