RHAM grad competing for Miss Connecticut crown
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Jun. 21, 2011
Hebron native Martha Price is one of 19 contestants in the Miss Connecticut Pageant, which is holding its finals on June 25 at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Price, who also competed in last year’s pageant, grew up in Hebron, and has been living in Rocky Hill for the past three years. She is a 2008 graduate of RHAM High School, and just completed her junior year at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., where she is majoring in arts administration and minoring in French.
Price, who is the reigning Miss Hartford County, said she learned a great deal from competing for the title last year, as Miss Bristol (local pageants are often open to contestants state-wide), and will be challenging herself to put forth an even greater effort this time around.
“This year, I’m upping the ante on my talent song,” she said, adding that she will tackle an operetta.
“I have the mindset of not only do I want to be Miss Connecticut, but I’m ready to be Miss Connecticut,” Price said, “whereas last year, it was more of a learning process.”
Price’s platform is supporting the Ronald McDonald House charity. She has been involved with the Ronald McDonald House in New Haven, Conn., as well as those in Manhattan and New Jersey.
She said helping the pageant organization move forward will also be a priority of hers, should she wear the Connecticut crown come Saturday.
“I want to make Miss Connecticut a very public figure,” she said. “I want other girls to want to be Miss Connecticut. I think the contestants that we have are amazing, but if we could have even more amazing girls, that would be fabulous. So, I want to recruit little girls to be in our Diamond Program.”
Price said she has also learned from former title-holders about what goes along with the crown.
“It’s definitely a full-time job,” Price said. “It takes priority in your life, and I’m very ready to experience that. Previous Miss Connecticuts have set the bar very high, and I’m ready to raise the bar even higher, with not only continuing on with their legacy, but creating my own, as well.”
Besides the obvious – wanting to bring the Miss America title to Connecticut – Price said she hopes to add to what current Miss Connecticut Brittany Decker has accomplished. Most notably, Decker created the “Day of Confidence” event for raising the self-esteem of teen and pre-teen girls.
“I hope that can be an annual thing,” Price said, “and get younger girls involved in our program, but also to build the confidence and self-esteem that girls need to have.”
Price said she’s excited about the pageant, and is now more prepared for the rigorous schedule of pageant week.
“We get up at 6:30 in the morning, and we don’t go to bed until midnight,” she said. “It takes a lot of endurance and stamina to get through the week, and I feel ready to do that. I also feel a sense of calm – knowing that it will be a good experience.”
Price said she would be proud to take the Miss Connecticut title home to Hebron.
“I grew up there, so I have a lot of hometown pride,” she said. “It’s nice to be representing such a small town. I am who I am because of Hebron.”
For more information, visit www.missctamerica.org.