Maria LaRocque couldn’t be crowned Miss America, but she won an honor that Miss Maine hasn’t had in 50 years.
Larroque, who is originally from Derry, New Hampshire, but calls home Portland, was forced to withdraw from the 100th annual Miss America pageant Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.
But she was surprised to be named Miss Congeniality by fellow contestants during the pageant Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Larroque wrote: “Hey Miss Synergy! I’m an expert! Her Facebook page.
“This is the first time MAINE has been recognized on stage outside of opening statements on national television since 1971! I am proud and honored to be able to represent my state and leave my small legacy even while not attending the Miss America contest,” Larroque wrote.
Larocque also said that the scholarship money that comes with the honor has made her student loan debt free.
Miss Alaska Emma Broyles was the winner of the Miss America pageant and received $104,000 in scholarships.
Corey from sister station Townsquare Media Q106.5 in Bangor contributed to this report
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH
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