Age: 23

Hometown: Bow, New Hampshire

Platform Issue: Reach Higher: Making Higher Education Possible

Talent: Broadway Jazz Dance

College Major: Higher and Postsecondary Education

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master of Arts Degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education, a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Social Analysis, and to work for the United States Department of Education.

Secret Wish or Dream: I would love to be on ABC’s “The View!”

If I am crowned Miss America: As Miss America, I will travel the country promoting the Miss America Organization as one of the greatest college access programs in the country. I will also collaborate with state and federal legislators to make college access a priority.

Bio: Lauren truly believes the Miss America Organization is the most comprehensive college access program in the world. Every day, she works to pass on the guidance and support that her mentors within the Miss America Organization imparted to her. As a graduate student studying college access and education policy, Lauren is beyond proud to be an ambassador for the number one scholarship organization in the world for women. Her mission in life is aligned with the mission of Miss America. She plans to empower lifelong learners to fulfill their God-given potential through personal and community development opportunities as well as educational attainment.