Jr. Miss Raymond 2015


Maggie Paris Wins it All in Junior Miss Raymond Competition
By Penny Williams    7-15-15

When the competitions were over one, young lady walked away with all the prizes in the Junior Miss Raymond competition. Maggie Paris won it all - Junior Miss Raymond 2015, the Peoples' Choice Award and the Congeniality Award.

Maggie, as Junior Miss Raymond, will be involved with a variety of Raymond events in conjunction with the new Miss Raymond 2015, Katarina Vogel. Katarina had already assumed her duties as Miss Raymond by serving as Master of Ceremonies for the Junior Miss Raymond event, assisted by outgoing Miss Raymond 2014 Katie Masso-Glidden and Junior Miss Raymond 2014 Alexis Cote.

The seven Junior Miss Raymond contestants were: Elizabeth Pitts, Kathryn Doucette, Cassidy Rullo, Kiara Lowman, Maggie Paris, Shannon Tapley, and Megan Faust.

Alexis talked about her reign, calling her experience "incredible," and said it had taught her how to speak in public and to strangers. She encouraged the contestants to smile and to always keep trying. The seven young women then competed in the Lifestyle and Fitness parts of the competition.

Katarina said she was excited to have a Junior Miss Raymond to share in the responsibilities of Raymond appearances. She said learning to go with the flow, being poised and confident and supporting and encouraging others were all parts of her role. And she noted her own plans were to get a college education, join ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) and become a U.S. Marine.

Judges for the Junior Miss Raymond Pageant were: Allie Nault, 2015 Miss New Hampshire Outstanding Teen; Erica Miller, a former Miss Massachusetts and member of the Coast Guard; Marissa Oliver, hair stylist; and Pam Benoit, who served in the U.S. Navy.



The talent competition featured Elizabeth singing “The Broken Road,” Kathryn playing “The Hanging Tree” on flute; Cassidy singing “This is Me,” Kiara doing a jazz dance, Maggie singing “My Favorite Things,” Shannon singing “We Come From the Mountain” - twice - because the microphone malfunctioned, and Megan singing “When I'm Gone.”

Performances by Ameri-Kids and by Phoebe and Shane Collins also took place, along with a dance routine by Alexis and a ribbon dance by the new Miss Raymond.

Following intermission, Allie Nault, Miss Outstanding Teen, spoke to the audience about her volunteer efforts to reach out to young children and teach them about the importance of saving and being financially responsible. Then the contestants paraded across the stage and down the runway in their semi-formal wear and answered brief questions.

With the contestants regrouped on stage, Maggie Paris was announced as the Peoples' Choice winner, the Congeniality Award winner, and making it a clean sweep, as Junior Miss Raymond 2015.



Third runner-up was Kiara Lowman; second runner-up was Elizabeth Pitts and first runner-up was Kathryn Doucette.

Maggie, 11, will enter seventh grade this fall at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School. She said she is excited about being chosen and grateful that she won the Junior Miss Raymond title, and is looking forward to taking part in Town events and being a good role model for Raymond youth.

The Junior Miss Raymond Committee is already making plans for the 10th anniversary pageant in 2016, and contributions can be made by writing checks to the "Miss Raymond Scholarship Fund."

Christina Vogel said, "Every penny goes into the program and the scholarship fund. Miss Raymond is a non-profit organization run solely by volunteers. We greatly appreciate every contribution. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, when we will be hosting our third annual Princess Tea Party Fundraiser."

Photos by Penny Williams.






















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