I’ve always been the oldest child in my family, but I’ll never forget when I finally got the older sister I always wanted.  Our journey began in 2011, when I was crowned Miss Vermont’s Outstanding Teen. On that same night, Katherine Levasseur was crowned the new Miss Vermont 2011- making us sisters in both pageantry and life. In the year that followed, she taught me so much about grace, tenacity, confidence, and determination.

Katie is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met. She graduated in three years from the University of Vermont with a BA in political science and a double minor in business administration and economics! During her year as Miss Vermont she visited every county in Vermont at least once. In total, she made over 250 appearances during her year. On top of it all, she was preparing for the 2012 Miss America competition. In fact, she was the first Scottish Highland dancer to ever grace the Miss America stage in the talent competition. Her poise and intelligence shone in the interview, on-stage question, evening gown, and swimsuit competitions.

These accomplishments are amazing, but outside of being Miss Vermont, Katie was just Katie. She was someone that I could talk to about anything and everything, and the only other woman that understood what I was going through that year. Being a queen for a year was pretty amazing, but spending a lifetime as sisters is even better.

-Sophia Hadeka
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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