Miss Hockanum Valley 2015, Gretchen Carlson and Kathy Lee Gifford

Kathy Lee Gifford and Miss Hockanum Valley 2015 Pippa Leigh.

Kathy Lee Gifford and Miss Hockanum Valley 2015 Pippa Leigh.

Tuesday, June 9 stood as a highlight in the Miss America journey of Pippa Leigh, Miss Hockanum Valley 2015, as she represented the organization at the book launch of Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson’s story, Getting Real. Pippa got to meet two of her role models, Gretchen Carlson and Kathy Lee Gifford who shared their stories of their careers as well as their faith. Pippa shared with Carlson that she will be reading this book in between rehearsals during pageant week to give her inspiration.

The Miss Connecticut competitors check in on Tuesday and rehearse all week with the Miss America Organization, preparing for the big event with preliminary round on Friday, June 26 and finals Saturday, June 27.

Gretchen Carlson and Miss Hockanum Valley 2015 Pippa Leigh.

Gretchen Carlson and Miss Hockanum Valley 2015 Pippa Leigh.

Whether she wins or not in two weeks time, her main goal is to have fun and enjoy the journey. If she wins the crown of Miss Connecticut, or if she continues wearing the crown of Miss Hockanum Valley, Pippa will focus the next year on service to the Greenwich community and Hockanum Valley community, bringing awareness to the youth on the VFW Voice of Democracy and the Ladies Auxillary Patriotic Art Competitions encouraging our high school students to try for the $50,000 in prizes they award.

She will speak out about her  platform, “Think Before You Post: Social Media Safety.” Finally, she will continue her work with the elderly locally at River House and Nathaniel Witherell as well as other senior centers throughout the state.

Follow Pippa on her official Miss America Facebook account at: https://www.facebook.com/misshockanumvalley?fref=ts

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