Meet the candidates competing for the title of Miss Connecticut 2019 in our Road to Miss Connecticut Series!
Name: Sherry Wu
Title: Miss North Haven
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
School: Yale University
Talent: Jazz en Pointe
What was your first thought when you were crowned Miss North Haven?
Grateful, excited, and honestly surprised! It was the first local I had ever done and I definitely did not go in expecting that I would leave with a crown, an incredible platform to promote my social issue of equalizing educational opportunity, and an opportunity to grow and learn. I am so thankful – beginning my journey within the Miss America Organization has been one of the best decisions of my life.
What do you hope to accomplish as Miss North Haven?
During my year of service, I aim to advocate for my social impact of educational opportunity equality and volunteer in as many ways that I can. Specifically, through continuing my partnerships with non-profit organizations, such as New Haven Reads and expanding the mentorship program I created last year (connects Yale students and primarily low-income and first-generation K-12 students), I hope to implement programs ranging from free tutoring to college application advising to inspiring speaker event webinars. I want to continue to build personal relationships with people across the community and exceed my fundraising goal for Children’s Miracle Network.
To you, why is Miss America still relevant?
It’s difficult to find reasons why it isn’t! The four points of the crown – service, scholarship, style, and success – are relevant to women from all walks of life. The organization provides an incredible opportunity for participants to have a platform to advocate for the causes they are passionate about and to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network, an organization that touches so many lives across the country. In addition, I believe there is so much strength and power within a community in which women empower women. And the Miss America organization provides this community and showcases the incredible talents and potential of women across the country. This community and the organization’s focus on service and providing scholarships makes Miss America incredibly relevant in today’s push for gender equality and accessibility of higher education.
What has been your favorite appearance thus far as Miss North Haven?
I absolutely love kids so I would have to say my volunteer shifts at New Haven Reads have been my favorite. All the kids are always so excited and we get to learn, smile, and have fun together!
What is your favorite quote?
“Do not be a title holder. Be a change agent”
I don’t know how to ride a bike!
Who would you like to thank for helping you get to this point?
My parents and my big sister have consistently been my biggest supporters in everything that I do. Thank you for always encouraging me and allowing me to try new things – I wouldn’t be where I am today without you guys. To my second mom and dance teacher Ms. Pam, thank you for always pushing me to be my best in and out of the studio and for being a constant source of encouragement and advice. To Daniel and my best friends, thank you for all the support and for understanding my busy schedule. You guys always brighten my day!
I wouldn’t be the person I am today without each of you.