Manchester's Marisa Moorhouse named Miss New Hampshire 2018
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Manchester's Marisa Moorhouse named Miss New Hampshire 2018 By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Sunday News Correspondent
April 28. 2018 9:45PM
Miss Manchester Marisa Moorhouse celebrates being crowned Miss New Hampshire 2018 on Saturday night at the Stockbridge Theatre in Derry. (BRUCE TAYLOR/UNION LEADER)
DERRY - A Manchester Memorial High School senior who wants to become a commercial airplane pilot was named Miss New Hampshire Saturday night.
Marisa Moorhouse, 18, competed as Miss Manchester and was in shock after being named the winner.
Moorhouse has competed in pageants, but this is her first year in the Miss New Hampshire Scholars hip Pageant.
"There's so many things going through my head right now. I honestly don't even know where to start," Moorhouse said. "I have been dreaming of this day ever since I was a little girl, ever since I first watched the Miss America Pageant on TV."
Immediately after winning the crown, Moorhouse reached out into the crowd for her mother.
"I asked her to wake me up. It feels like a dream. I still don't believe anything has happened. From the moment I walked down to meet with the girls for top five is all a blur," Moorhouse said.
The top five contestants answered final on-stage questions worth 20 percent of their score before the winner was announced.
Moorhouse was asked about the opioid crisis.
Moorhouse said she is against legalizing marijuana because it is a gateway drug. She also said drug dealers should automatically be sent to rehab if they are caught selling drugs.
First runner-up was Miss Greater D erry Sarah Tubbs. Second runner-up was Miss Portsmouth Area Delaney Mastin.
Third runner-up was Miss Berlin-Gorham Josie Pearce. Fourth runner-up was Miss Merrimack Brooke Mills.
Moorhouse is a dancer and competed using the song "To Where You Are" by Josh Groban.
Her platform is "Moving the World One Dance at a Time."
Named as the 12 finalists to start the night were Samantha Mackes, Miss Seacoast; Kacie Flahive, Miss Kingston; Moorhouse; Brooke Mills, Miss Merrimack; Josie Pearce, Miss Berlin-Gorham; Sarah Tubbs, Miss Greater Derry; Ashley Marsh, Miss Granite State; Alainna Belanger, Miss Exeter; Kaitlin Soucy, Miss Capital Area; Elizabeth Henry, Miss Bedford; Sarah White, Miss Lakes Region and Delaney Mastin, Miss Portsmouth Area.
Seven of the women were dancers, four were singers and one was a pianist.
During Thursday's preliminary competition, Moorhouse won in talent.
She performed a lyrical dance.
Pearce won the prelimi nary competition for physical fitness in swimsuit Thursday.
On Friday night, Marsh won the preliminary talent competition. She is a tap dancer.
Mastin won Friday's preliminary competition for physical fitness in swimsuit.
Mastin won the same preliminary swimsuit award last year and was second runner-up in the competition.
She took home $3,800 in scholarship money competing in Miss New Hampshire last year.
More than $70,000 will be awarded in scholarship money this year.
The Miss New Hampshire winner receives at least $15,000 and earns the opportunity to compete in Miss America.
Trish Tidd, executive director of the Miss Exeter Scholarship Program, said getting ready to compete in the Miss New Hampshire pageant is just like any other regional competitive event to qualify for a national final.
"The contestants need to focus and work hard to put their best foot forward. This means focusing on and improving the skills necessary to succeed in th e phases of competition," Tidd said. "The most challenging part is keeping a healthy balance in their lives - this is a part of their lives, but not their entire life."
Tidd said Belanger is a graduate student at Simmons College.
She works at St. Joseph's Hospital and wants to be a nurse practitioner.
To prepare for the Miss New Hampshire competition, Belanger took weekly voice lessons, worked out three days a week and volunteered in the community for her platform.
"Alainna has had a very busy year doing over 1,000 hours of community service. Her platform for the pageant is called PULSE and revolves around building and supporting a healthy community," Tidd said.
Local titleholders had a variety of platforms, including autism awareness, gender sexual and romantic minority advocacy, empowering women in STEM fields, and eliminating the stigma of mental illness.
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