ORR senior takes home crown

By Tanner Harding | Apr 04, 2017
Courtesy of: Sara Achorn

Rochester — Your newest Miss Plymouth County is Old Rochester Regional senior Sara Achorn.

Achorn, a Rochester resident, had participated in several other pageants, but had never won before March 26.

“It was the greatest feeling ever and Miss Plymouth County was the title that I really wanted,” she said. “It’s a huge area that I can do events in and I can give back to my community. It was just so incredible.”

The pageant had five parts: a private interview, an on-stage interview, swimsuit portion, talent portion and evening wear portion. For her talent, Achorn, who recently starred in the ORR Drama Club’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” sang for the judges.

However, Achorn said as happy as she was to win the title, the best part was getting to know all the other contestants.

“You wouldn’t think pageant girls would be super friendly but in this system if you’re not friendly, you’re the girl who’s left out,” she said. “Everyone is so welcoming and helpful, it’s incredible…It’s such a great atmosphere to compete in.”

As Miss Plymouth County, Achorn will be appearing and volunteering at events as requested, as well as hosting fundraising events of her own. The pageant was part of the Miss America Organization, which fundraises for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Achorn also hopes to host events for her personal platform, which is called “IMperfection.” Her goal is to promote body positivity in young children.

“I grew up bullied and was given a really hard time because I didn’t look like everyone else,” Achorn said. “Competing in the Miss America organization has shown me that it’s not about being a tall, blonde, blue-eyed girl. It’s about being confident and loving yourself for everything that you already are.”

In addition to promoting body positivity, Achorn also wants to stress the importance of being healthy.

“If you want to change yourself that’s great, but you have to do it in a way that’s healthy and positive,” she said. “If you’re starving yourself you’re not going to be happy or healthy.”

Achorn hopes to host a fashion show for people of “all different genders, sizes and ethnicities.”

In the meantime, her next step is preparing to compete in the Miss Massachusetts pageant June 30-July 1 in Worcester.

To reach Achorn for events, email her at saraachornmao@gmail.com

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