While most students spent the winter break relaxing and catching up with family and friends, Emily Audibert '13 was in Las Vegas competing for the title of Miss America!
Audibert, a senior in the Barney School of Business, is the reigning Miss Connecticut. For 10 days this month she had the experience of a lifetime, joining 52 other Miss America contenders for a whirlwind of preliminary competitions and activities leading up to the finals on Jan. 12, which were broadcast live to a national audience.
Audibert was not among the 16 semifinalists who were chosen at the beginning of the Jan. 12 broadcast. But viewers could see her several times during the show – most notably at the very beginning of the broadcast, when each contestant introduced herself with a slogan or fact about her home state.
"In Sandy Hook, they choose love," Audibert said in her introduction, paying tribute to the victims and survivors of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Audibert is pursuing a triple major in accounting,
entrepreneurial studies, and economics/finance in the University's
Barney School of Business. She expects to graduate in May 2013 with
150 credits, 30 credits beyond the average bachelor’s degree
But that is just the beginning of her exceptional record of achievement. A former student member of the University’s Board of Regents, Audibert currently serves as executive vice president of the Student Government Association. Audibert is a member of the University Dance Team, served as president of the Economics/Finance Club, and helped start the "Hawks Helping Hartford" Day of Service in 2011, serving as student co-coordinator of the program this past year.
A former dance instructor who has been dancing since the age of three, Audibert performed a dance routine for the talent portion of the Miss America preliminaries.
This fall, Audibert juggled her already jam-packed schedule of classes and extra-curricular activities with her new duties as Miss Connecticut, including public appearances, intense preparation for the Miss America competition, and her personal platform as Miss Connecticut – the fight against childhood obesity.