Intervale – The 2020 Miss Mount Washington Valley Teen Scholarship Pageant was held on Sunday, July 26th at Believe In Books’ Theater in the Wood, in Intervale. Rescheduled from April, eight young ladies from throughout the Valley competed in the 31st year of this scholarship program.
A month of video and social-distanced rehearsals led up to the day-long event. During the morning, contestants participated in Interview and Public Speaking competitions. During the afternoon, they rehearsed. The evening’s program, emceed by 2016 Miss Mount Washington Valley Teen, MacKenzie Herlihy, began with a Production numbere, choreographed by Aimee Frechette. The Formal Wear competition followed, as well as the optional Talent competition. Nearly $2,000 in scholarships were won by the participants.
When the judge’s scores were tallied, 2019 Miss MWV Teen, Megan M. Martin, placed the 2019 crown on the head of 15 year old Ella B. Fecteau. Ella will start her Junior year at Kennett High School in the fall. She also earned the Talent Award and a Commitment Award. She is the daughter of Rachel Fecteau, of Fryeburg and Greg & Becca Fecteau of Conway. Ella has the distinction of becoming the first second-generation Queen in this program, as her mother won the Miss Bartlett Pre-Teen title (and talent award) in 1991.
Audra J. Hamlin, First Runner-Up, is the daughter of Megan and Marty Hamlin. A 2020 graduate of Fryeburg Academy, Audra is 18 years old. She plans to attend Mt. Holyoke College in the fall, where she will major in Environmental Science. In addition to her Runner-up title, Audra received a Director’s Award and a Commitment Award.
Second Runner-Up, Brianna Goldblatt, lives in Conway and is the daughter of Eric and Terri Goldblatt. She is 18 years old and a 2020 graduate of Kennett High School. Her fall plans are to attend Champlain College and earn a degree in Graphic design. Brianna was also named Sales Champion and received a Directors Award.
In addition to Fecteau and Hamlin, Commitment Awards were also presented to Isis J. Coombs and Nevaeh A. Knudsen, both of Conway. Coombs also received the Contestant’s Award. Jordan L. Goldblatt, of Conway, took home the Personal Growth Award. Alia R. Davidson, of Conway and Lydia R. Rabideau, of Brownfield filled out the field.
Special performances were presented by Abigail McGrath, Maddie McGrath and Liam Thompson.
The 2020 Miss Mount Washington Valley Teen Scholarship Program was sponsored by Mount Washington Valley Promotions, Believe In Books Literacy Foundation, Lifestar EMS, The UPS Store of North Conway, Lisa DuFault – Photographer and Jewelry by Tim Psaledakis and Friends.
Look for the Teen Royalty at numerous events throughout the Valley in the coming year.
Photos (by Lisa DuFault):
# 731 – The 8 Miss MWV Teen contestants in their formal wear (l-r): Lydia Rabideau, Nevaeh Knudsen, Audra Hamlin, Ella Fecteau, Alia Davidson, Brianna Goldblatt, Jordan Goldblatt, Isis Coombs
# 810 – 2020 Miss MWV Teen and Court (l-r): 1st Runner-Up, Audra Hamlin, Miss Mount Washington Valley Teen, Ella Fecteau, 2nd Runner-Up, Brianna Goldblatt.
# 904 – Ella B. Fecteau was crowned 2020 Miss Mount Washington Valley Teen on Sunday, July 26 at Theater in the Wood, in Intervale.