Heidi Voight

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Heidi Voight
Beauty pageant titleholder
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Heidi Voight at the 2007 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada
Born Heidi Alice Voight
(1982-06-24) June 24, 1982 (age 32)
Milford, Connecticut
Education Joseph A. Foran High School
Southern Connecticut State University
Skin color White
Hair color Auburn
Eye color Blue
Title(s) Miss Connecticut 2006
Miss Capital Region 2006
Major
competition(s)
Miss America 2007

Heidi Alice Voight (born June 24, 1982) is a former pageant titleholder from Milford, Connecticut who held the Miss Connecticut title and competed in the Miss America pageant. Voight is currently a freelance reporter and traffic anchor at NBC Connecticut.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Voight attended Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford, Connecticut, and ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, Connecticut. She then studied Theater at Southern Connecticut State University.[1]

During the early 2000s Heidi's main focus was theater, singing and playing guitar. She played for several local CT acts, most notably as a founding member of Ankora, an all-female rock band out of Milford, Connecticut, and later The Defcon Five out of New Haven, Connecticut.

Heidi Voight onboard USS Connecticut (SSN-22) in February 2006

Her platform was "Educate, Empower, Eradicate: Stop The Violence", which concerned sexual assault prevention.[2] Voight had been sexually abused by a family friend as a teenager and was date raped at 15.[2] She continued advocating for this issue after passing on her title.[3]

After her pageant career, Voight traveled throughout the Northeast as a professional public speaker and television personality before eventually becoming a full-time news anchor and reporter at the NBC affiliate of Western Massachusetts, WWLP 22-News.[4] She was one of the first reporters to report live on the scene in Springfield, Massachusetts just minutes after an EF3 tornado leveled the city's South End on June 1, 2011.[5] She is currently on NBC Connecticut since 2014.

Pageants[edit]

Voight competed in the Miss Connecticut pageant for the first time in 2003, placing fourth runner-up.[2] The following year she placed in the top ten and in 2005 placed second runner-up. She won the Miss Connecticut title on her fourth attempt at the crown on June 24, 2006.[1] Her talent was a vocal performance of "Why Haven't I Heard from You" and she won the overall swimsuit and evening gown awards.[6]

Voight was prominently featured in the VH1/CMT special "Pageant School: Becoming Miss America," a reality show leading up to the national pageant in 2007. For the first time in the history of the pageant, all 52 contestants convened in Los Angeles for a pre-pageant training camp. After four days of filming and various challenges, Voight was called out as one of the top 10 line dancers in the talent challenge by the Lo Cash Cowboys, lead her group to victory in the swimsuit challenge, and was mentioned as a top contender for the "Pageant School Queen" title by the show's judges, including Miss America 1971 Phyllis George, Miss America 2001 Angela Perez Baraquio and famed pageant coach Dale Smith Thomas.[7]

Heidi Voight at the 2007 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada

Voight represented Connecticut at the Miss America 2007 pageant held at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada but did not place.

Voight competed in the Miss Connecticut USA 2009 pageant and was a semi-finalist.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Milford native wins Miss Connecticut". New Haven Register. 2006-06-25. p. A2. 
  2. ^ a b c Cuda, Amanda (2006-09-22). "Personal platform". Connecticut Post. 
  3. ^ "Proposed legislation sparks protest over sex education". Boston Globe. 2008-03-01. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCygNyg4Va-It0k8WE-ToC-Q
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6NHUgv3owQ
  6. ^ "NEW LONDON". Greenwich Citizen. 2006-06-26. 
  7. ^ http://www.cmtpress.com/pressreleases/details.cfm?PressReleaseID=1000133

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Preceded by
Dianna Baitinger
Miss Connecticut
2006
Succeeded by
Lauren Betancourt