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Colby-Sawyer Senior to Compete for Title of 'Miss New Hampshire'

Colby-Sawyer senior and Creative Writing major Rylee Field will compete as Miss Auburn in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program May 1-3 against college students from across the state. Field won the qualifying title and crown at the Miss Auburn competition in January with her spoken word performance of the poem “Mockingbird.”

A writer who describes herself as curious, organized and determined, Field's community outreach platform, Joyful Reading: Instilling the power of Literacy in our Youth, is a passion that is close to her heart.

“The illiteracy rates in this country were far too high for my standards,” Field said. According to the United States Department of Education, 32 million American adults, or 12 percent of the population, are unable to read. Field, already using her title of Miss Auburn to help eradicate adult illiteracy by inspiring children to read outside of the classroom, hopes to have a chance expand that work as Miss New Hampshire.

The Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program, affiliated with the Miss America Organization, has awarded more than $137,400 in scholarships to date. Field was awarded a $2,000 scholarship for her Miss Auburn win.

“The money is nice, but all I really compete for is the chance to inspire children to love reading as much as I do,” said Field.

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- Jacqueline Susmann '14

Jacqueline Susmann is a Creative Writing major at Colby-Sawyer College and an intern for College Communications.

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