New Miss Greater Rockville gets best birthday present ever
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Mon., Feb. 17, 2014
It was a very happy birthday for Alexa Farrell. Farrell was crowned Miss Greater Rockville 2014 on Feb. 15 – which happened to be her 20th birthday – at Rockville High School.
“I feel overwhelmed, and so grateful and happy,” Farrell said, immediately after her crowning. “I just can’t stop smiling. This is the best birthday present ever.”
Farrell had previously held three titles in the Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen competition, and competed in the Miss Connecticut competition as Miss Mountain Laurel in 2012. She had tried several local pageants in 2013 and 2014 before being crowned in Rockville.
“I definitely learned a lot about persistence and becoming the best version of yourself while not losing yourself,” she said. “It was such a relief to hear my name called.”
She said she felt confident throughout the day-long event and its five phases of competition, but was well aware that anything could happen. “You never know, because it’s a different panel of judges each time and you don’t know what they are looking for or who they are going to take a liking to," she said.
Farrell, who resides in Wolcott and is a sophomore occupational therapy major at Quinnipiac University, said she is eager to become a part of the Vernon community. “I am excited to learn everything about Rockville,” she said. “I really want to get into the school system and get to know the kids. I really love kids, and have a passion for working with them.”
Farrell’s personal platform is Coloring the Road for Kids with Cancer, and she plans to find ways to expand that program in the Vernon/Rockville area. She is also in the process of co-writing a children’s book, which she plans to give to kids when they are first diagnosed with cancer.
“I’m also doing activities with children in the hospitals, and hopefully I can do them with children in Rockville, too,” she said. “It’s about bringing joy to kids’ lives.”
Nicole Vasseur, a 16-year-old junior at Ellington High School, earned the crown of Miss Greater Rockville’s Outstanding Teen. She said she could not believe it when her name was announced as the winner.
“I was in a state of shock,” she said. “I really didn’t think I was going to win, but I was overcome with happiness. It was great. A great feeling.”
Vasseur wowed the audience with a uniquely soulful version of “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie "Titanic." She said she felt more confident during rehearsals earlier in the day, but was still a little nervous before performing. Vasseur said she has been singing as long as she can remember, and calls it her “favorite hobby.”
Like Farrell, and the previous Miss Greater Rockville titleholders, Vasseur said she hopes to work with the youth of Rockville. “I’m real excited to meet the people and become a role model in this community,” she said. “I hope I make a really good impression on everyone.”
Farrell and Vasseur will be competing in the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen competitions in June, and both are naturally excited.
“I’m overjoyed,” Farrell said. “The Miss Connecticut Organization has developed me into the person that I am. To be able to compete on that stage with those amazing women is a real honor.”
“I’m so excited. I’m ready to start preparing right now,” Vasseur said. “This is really great. I’m just really happy.”
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MissGreaterRockville.