Amherst's Lauryl Trenholme-Pihl wears Miss Winnipesaukee Crown
Originally published in the Weirs Times. Written by Roger Amsden/News Correspondent
GILFORD - Lauryl Trenholme-Pihl, 18, of Amherst, says that she loves to show emotion through her singing. And that talent came through loud and clear Saturday night at the Gunstock Recreation Area where the Souhegan High School honors graduate was selected from a field of 14 contestants as the 2003 Miss Winnipesaukee.
Her performance of "Shy" from the Broadway musical "Once Upon a Mattress" earned her high ratings in the talent competition and propelled her to the crown and into the start of what she hopes will some day lead her to a stage career and becoming a children's performance educator.
Trenholme-Pihl will enter Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y., this fall as theater performance major. She has had extensive training in both voice and theater and has been a certified scuba diver since she was 12 years old. She will use her year as Miss Winnipesaukee to focus on a program touting the dramatic arts as an alternative to drugs.
She was crowned by Kara Laing, 23, of Amherst, Miss Winnipesaukee 2002.
Runner-up was Krytsal M. Barry, 18, of Belmont, who will enter the University of New Hampshire this fall as a dance-theater performance major. An honors graduate of Belmont High School, she was also the Class M women's pole vault champion.
Second runner-up was Christy Lee Dunn, 20, of Laconia, a junior at the University of New Hampshire where she is majoring in business management and is a member of the UNH Dance team.
Third runner-up was Justine Barker, 18, of Pembroke, a 2003 graduate of Pembroke Academy who has twice won All-State soccer honors as well as captained the two-time state Class I championship cheerleading team.
Catherine Ann Dennehy, 22, of Londonderry, a first-year graduate school student at the University of New England, where she plans on attaining a master's degree in physical therapy, was selected by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality.
Sponsored by the Funspot Family Entertainment Center for the last 35 years, Miss Winnipesaukee is in its 79th year and is the oldest continually running local program in the country according to Tina Gebhard, program co-director. It is a sanctioned official preliminary of the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program and of the Miss America Program.