A Stamford woman is now Miss Connecticut. Twenty-one year-old Kaitlyn Tarpey started her journey to the crown three years ago. Now she's getting ready to compete in the Miss America pageant.
Kaitlyn Tarpey recalls June 22, when she was crowned Miss CT.
"To finally get it and be granted the opportunity, I just went straight for it," said Tarpey.
A veterans' advocate, children's hospital liaison, and Irish step dancer - Tarpey says she does it all with a sense of tranquility.
"The Miss America organization has really taught me to embrace that everybody is perfectly imperfect," said Tarpey.
Tarpey was inspired to compete after enduring a life-threatening illness.
She says her life was put in a different perspective.
Now as Miss CT, she's speaking up for veterans; helping them find homes and jobs.
She was also part of raising $24,000 for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Tarpey says she wouldn't be where she is today without the support of those closest to her.
Wearing her crown and sash proudly, she says she's ready for Miss America.
Tarpey will compete in the Miss America pageant September 15 in Atlantic City.