Miss Connecticut Jamie Hughes and Miss Connecticut Teen Elle Sauli talk about their wins


THE FIRST RUNNER UP IS CONTESTED NUMBER 21. [APPLAUSE] ♪ JAIME HUGHES, YOU ARE THE NEW MISS CONNECTICUT USA 2018. JAIME HUGHES IS MISS CONNECTICUT USA! ♪ DOWNSTAGE, GIRLS. DOWNSTAGE. YAY! ♪ LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR FIRST RUNNER-UP. CONTESTANT NUMBER TWO. ALLISON DUFFY! [APPLAUSE] THAT MEANS CONTESTANT NUMBER SIX, YOU ARE MISS CONNECTICUT TEEN USA 2018! CONGRATULATIONS! FIND — YOU ARE MISS CONNECTICUT TEEN USA! MOVE UP! THERE WE GO. SARAH: HAPPY TEARS HERE. YOU JUST SAW TWO TEENAGERS CROWNED OVER THE WEEKEND. RYAN: WE ARE LIVE WITH JAMIE AND ELLE. WELCOME. WE BOTH GOT A LITTLE TEARY-EYED. IT WAS SO FRESH FOR BOTH OF US. IT HAS NOT SUNK IN YET. IT HAS BEEN AMAZING SINCE SATURDAY NIGHT. IT DOES NOT FEEL REAL. I AM WAITING FOR THE MOMENTS WHEN IT WILL KICK IN. SARAH: WE SAW YOU SEEM TO YOUR KNEES, KIND OF. DID YOU REMEMBER IT? IT WAS A BLUR. AS I WAS LOOKING UP TO THE SKY, I WAS THINKING, PLEASE DO NOT CALL MY NUMBER. I WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRST RUNNER UP. I SAID, PLEASE LET MY NUMBER CALLED. AS SOON AS MY NAME WAS SAID, NEW MISS CONNECTICUT TEEN USA, I WAS AN ABSOLUTE SHOCK. I WAS EXCITED, NERVOUS, EXTREMELY HAPPY. RYAN: THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR BOTH OF YOU. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND HAVE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES. YOU HAVE A MISSION AND YOU ARE ABLE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN CONNECTICUT. WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN MIND FOR 2018? THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES WE WANT TO GO AND WE ARE SO PASSIONATE ABOUT. WE WANT TO DO A LOT OF CHARITY WORK. I COME FROM A MULTICULTURAL FAMILY. I GREW UP WITH COLOMBIAN STEPFATHERS AND BROTHERS, AND MY ADOPTED AFRICAN-AMERICAN BROTHERS. I WENT TO A SMALL PRIVATE SCHOOL AND MY BROTHER WALKED INTO CLASS. CHILDREN LAUGHED AND CALLED THE “THE BLIND SIDE” WORLD. — GIRL. I WAS IN A HOME THAT WAS ACCEPTING AND MY SOCIETY WAS NOT. I WANT TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF ACCEPTANCE IN FLUTTERING EVERYONE. YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE PEOPLE COME FROM AND YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. SARAH: YOU ARE FROM NEWTOWN AND FOUNDED A NONPROFIT. IT IS ASPIRING. I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR SO LONG AND IT IS SOMETHING I AM EXTREMELY PASSIONATE ABOUT. I STARTED IN MARCH OF LAST YEAR. I NOTICED A STUDENT BEHIND ME IN LINE WASN’T ABLE TO BUY LUNCH. I SAID, EVERYONE SHOULD ALWAYS BE ABLE TO EAT. EATING IS SO IMPORTANT WHEN YOU ARE IN SCHOOL. I SAID, WE NEED TO FIGHT THIS. I CAME UP WITH A CONCEPT FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO DONATE MONEY INTO A LUNCH ACCOUNT. THAT MONEY WOULD GO TO ALL STUDENT LUNCHES. SO THAT WAY EVERYONE COULD BE ABLE TO EAT. RYAN: CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU.

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