Rancho El Dorado resident to represent Maricopa at Miss Arizona pageant

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Hannah Boucher, a Rancho El Dorado resident and South Burlington, Vermont, native, will compete for the title of Miss Arizona this weekend at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. The pageant encompasses three competitions – Interview, Swimsuit and Evening Gown – with the winner advancing to the Miss USA competition in April.

 src=For the 24 year-old Boucher, a recent ASU graduate, this will be a return to the pageantry platform. In 1998 she was voted 1st Runner Up and Miss Congeniality at Miss Teen Vermont USA.

Boucher’s Contestant Profile offers background on Maricopa’s contestant and a glimpse into the world of beauty pageants:

What are your career goals and how do you plan to attain them?
In the next few years, I plan to obtain my Master’s Degree in Marketing, and aside from that, there are many potential roads to “success”. Sales and marketing are my passions, and “success” will result if I continue to learn and grow from each new professional experience and consistently seek to balance career, family, spirit, and service.

Why did you enter the pageant and what do you hope to gain from the experience?
My philosophy is that we get out of life what we put into it. I will continue to work as a role model to inspire and assist others in my community, and holding the state title will increase the scope of my reach in such amazing ways! I have already gained so much in preparation; competing provides an opportunity for introspection, goal setting, and challenge. I once read that, “To know thyself and use what you’ve learned to help others is the greatest achievement in life.” What better way to share these lessons than by holding the job of Miss Arizona USA and speaking throughout the state?

What is the most important issue facing the United States today?
In the wake of terrorist attacks and recent natural disasters, we need to focus on improving our state of readiness.

What is the one thing you have learned in life and from whom did you learn it?
Through life experience and wisdom from family and mentors, I have learned the importance of slowing down and enjoying the journey on the way to my destinations. In our constant pursuit of great achievement, my favorite quote reminds me that, “Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

What current politician do you most admire and why?
Former Vermont Governor and Presidential Candidate, Howard Dean. His triumphs and tribulations along the path to becoming the Democratic Party Chairman are both close to home and inspiring to me.

Three words that best describe society today are: Resilient, Diverse, Cohesive (and these are not mutually exclusive!)

Favorite book: A Secret History by Donna Tartt.

Favorite movie: Anything with Brad Pitt!

Favorite TV program: It is the only show I watch regularly, and “24” makes my heart stop every Monday night!

Favorite TV star: Keifer Sutherland, the protagonist in “24”.

Boucher lists five Maricopa area organizations among her sponsors, all of which are listed below:
• inmaricopa.com
• A J Tailors, Tempe
• Captured Moments Photography
• The Leaf & Feather Farm
• Maricopa Family Dentistry
• Maricopa Women in Business
• Michael Baca, Hair/Makeup
• Native New Yorker, Maricopa
• Paula Rogers, Costume Designer
• Suzanne’s Bridal, Gilbert
• Zolton’s Salon, Scottsdale

The Miss Arizona USA and Miss Arizona Teen USA pageants will be held November 5-6, 2005 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (602) 262-7272 or via www.tickets.com.