PCA Alumna Crowned 2015 Miss New Hampshire

PCA alumna Samantha Poirier was featured in the Foster’s Daily Democrat article:


DOVER — Samantha Poirier of Dover is our 2015 Miss New Hampshire USA.

The 23-year-old, who graduated from Portsmouth Christian Academy in 2009, was crowned at a statewide pageant in Manchester this weekend. Winners were chosen based upon physical appearance, poise and personality.

Poirier said on Tuesday that the road to the crown has not been an easy one. She lost her father to colon cancer when she was just nine-years-old. He was 39 at the time of his death.

With an “awesome” mother at her side, Poirier tried for the title of Miss New Hampshire USA for five years before winning.

“My mother has always been so supportive of me doing my best in everything I do,” Poirier said, explaining that her mother is her role model.

Poirier’s sister, Stephanie, who is 26, also serves as someone to look up to and work for the best with. Poirier said she is studying to get her esthetician license from Empire Beauty School so she and her older sister can open a salon and spa in Portsmouth.

When asked how she feels about finally taking the crown home, Poirier admits it is, “fun to wake up and see it in the morning.”

Poirier, who was getting her professional headshots taken Tuesday afternoon, has already set up a few appearances so local people will be able to see her speak. Poirier will be at the Penguin Plunge at Hampton Beach on Feb. 1, and said she would even take the challenge to raise money for Special Olympics, if she is asked.

Eleanor Lathram, 17, of Bedford, was also crowned over the weekend. She won the title of Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2015.

Poirier will now go on to compete at Miss USA, part of the Miss Universe Organization, this summer. Poirier said she has not yet received word of where and when the national pageant will take place. For more information about Miss New Hampshire USA, or to request an appearance, visitwww.missnewhampshireusa.com.

written for Foster’s Daily Democrat by Kimberly Haas