Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Townspeople

June 27, 2013

Vying crown

Andover’s Cara Lemire will have her sights set on the coveted crown this weekend when she competes in the 74th annual Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant.

The 23-year-old Lemire, who won the Miss Eastern Massachusetts qualifying competition, will now seek the state title in the pageant set for Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29, at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

Lemire received her undergraduate degree in literary arts with honors in May from Brown University in Rhode Island. A 2008 graduate of the Pingree School in South Hamilton, she is the daughter of Thea and the late Gary Lemire of Andover.

Her talent for the pageant will be vocal performance and her platform is Creativity Heals: Art Therapy Advocacy.

Last week, Lemire put that platform to work during a Senior Connections program at The Center at Punchard in Andover. The pageant hopeful led an expressive art therapy activity with the seniors and then sang for them.

Senior Connections is a structured, individualized program that focuses on socialization and stimulating activities. The program offers respite to spouses and families caring for an elderly person and provides a nurturing and safe environment for their loved ones.

Lemire will be one of 21 young women competing in the two-night Miss Massachusetts pageant this weekend. At stake is scholarship money and the chance to represent Massachusetts at the 93rd annual Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

For more on the Miss Massachusetts pageant, visit www.missmass.org. For tickets, visit www.thehanovertheatre.org or call the box office at 508-831-0800 or 1‑877‑571-SHOW (7469).

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