Emily Audibert to represent Connecticut in Miss America pageant

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Statewide - posted Fri., Jul. 6, 2012
Emily Audibert is crowned Miss Connecticut 2012 by Morgan Amarone - Miss Connecticut 2011 - in New London on June 30. Photos by Steve Smith.
Emily Audibert is crowned Miss Connecticut 2012 by Morgan Amarone - Miss Connecticut 2011 - in New London on June 30. Photos by Steve Smith.

Emily Audibert, of Wolcott, was crowned Miss Connecticut 2012 at the Garde Arts Center in New London on June 30. The 21-year-old performed a lyrical dance to the Beyonce Knowles song “Listen” for the talent portion of the competition, where she competed against 23 other young women from across the state.

“Once they announced the top ten, all fear and anxiety left me and I was just having a great time,” Audibert said, immediately after the competition, adding that she was a bundle of energy as the competition came down to her, and Miss Rocky Hill Ashley Membrino. “I was really excited, because I had gotten the two awards [Lifestyle and Fitness, and Overall Talent], and I would have been happy with that. Ashley had worked so hard for this, as well as I did. When they called her name [as runner-up] I was so shocked, so thankful and so proud of myself.”

Audibert said it took a few moments to sink in as she was taking official photos right after the pageant, and when Miss Connecticut 2010 Brittany Decker reminded her that she was heading to Miss America. “That’s when the tears started to come,” she said. “I’m so excited. I’m ecstatic. I cannot wait to represent Connecticut at Miss America.”

Audibert thanked the people who helped her prepare for the pageant and her new role. “What helped the most was my support system,” she said. “My family and friends supported me the whole way. They really inspired me to believe in myself, and if you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything.”

A dancer for 18 years (and a dance teacher for eight years), Audibert said she feels her work creates a connection with the audience.
“I feel like I speak to people through the way I dance,” she said. “I've always felt like I could speak to someone through a dance piece and change their emotion – connecting with them on that level. I try to do that with every single person in the audience, to show them that you have to listen to what people have to say and what they believe in.”

Audibert will be a senior at the University of Hartford in the fall, where she is a triple-major, in economics/finance, accounting, and entreprenurial studies. She plans to get her CPA, and eventually run her own business.

Audibert's platform is “Let's Move,” which was initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama to fight against childhood obesity. She said she wants to reach out to as many schools and after-school programs as possible, to promote healthier lifestyles for children. She also plans to create a video blog, showing healthy recipes and activities children can do with their families.

Jainé Coann LeFebvre, 16, of Glastonbury took home the title of Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen, from a field of 22 contestants. She said the moment before the winner was announced was surreal to her.

“I honestly couldn't believe that I was up there,” LeFebvre said. “I was so excited, and I knew that any of those girls could have done the job.”

LeFebvre said she felt that her talent – an operatic vocal titled “Art is Calling for Me” – was her strength, and that she hopes to use that performance again when she competes for the national title in August.

“I love being the diva on stage,” she said, adding that she also hopes to spread her platform on the importance of wearing helmets and pads while playing sports, to more children in Connecticut. “It's one of those things that people don't think about too much,” she said, “but it's something that kids need to be encouraged to do.”

LeFebvre, a student at the Greater Hartford Academy for Performing Arts, said she is proud to be representing Connecticut and her hometown of Glastonbury.

Other notable performances included Miss Greater Rockville Katlyn Lewicke, who received the award for the highest interview score for a non-finalist, and Miss Tolland County Kaitlyn Bogue, who received the non-finalist talent award. Also, Glastonbury's Rose Martin placed in the top 5 in the Outstanding Teen Division, and Miss Greater Rockville's Outstanding Teen, Cassia Shoaf, also placed in the top 10.

For more information, visit www.missctamerica.org.

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