Name: Ashlyn Manuel

Title: Miss Fairfield County’s Outstanding Teen

Hometown: Litchfield 

School: Litchfield High School

Talent: Jazz dance 

What was your first thought when you were crowned Miss Fairfield County’s Outstanding Teen? 

My first thought was “Oh my gosh, I get to go back to Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen!” I was so unbelievably excited to have another opportunity for a year filled with incredible experiences, events, and to get to spend another year with the amazing people apart of the Miss Connecticut Organization! 

What do you hope to accomplish as Miss Fairfield County’s Outstanding Teen?

My goal is to teach people all around Connecticut that becoming homeless can happen to anyone. I know from experience that it is so extremely hard on someone to not have a place to call home. So I want to work to make a difference in the lives of the homeless population, even if it is just one person that is changed. I also want to continue to talk to people about the Miss America Organization and encourage teens to participate in local pageants for 2020! 

To you, why is Miss America still relevant?

Miss America is relevant to me because it gives myself and so many other incredible girls a platform to be able to use their voice to make a difference and share with the world something they are truly passionate about. I have had opportunities that I never would have had without the Miss America Organization and the Miss Connecticut Organization. 

What has been your favorite appearance thus far as Miss Fairfield County’s Outstanding Teen? 

My favorite appearance would definitely be my Benefit Concert “For the Kids” event because I worked so incredibly hard planning this and it was so amazing to see my hard work pay off. So many people came out to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and to hear some phenomenal artists perform that night. It was truly a rewarding night spent with friends and family. 

What is your favorite quote? 

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. This quote really relates to my life because I feel that how you handle a situation that is thrown at you says a lot about who you are. 

Fun fact: I am a 2nd degree black belt in martial arts and I earned this when I was just 14 years old! 

Who would you like to thank for helping you get to this point?

Most importantly, I would like to thank my incredible family. Mom, Scott, Papa, and my sisters for being so supportive and helping me with everything! Also, thank you to Ashley McClain for being a great business manager to me, Savannah for being the best Miss these past two years and for all your advice, and to Erika and Alyssa Sachs for being great role models! Thank you so much to the Miss Connecticut Organization for bringing me the most memorable experiences and for the most wonderful group of people! 

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