Sarah French

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Sarah French
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Sarah French
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004
Miss Missouri 2007
Major
competition(s)
Miss Teen USA 2004
Miss America 2007

Sarah French (born September 17, 1985) is an American journalist. She is currently an Anchor/Reporter for 7NEWS-WHDH in Boston, Massachusetts. After the murder of her friend and colleague Alice Morrin, French became an advocate for domestic violence victims and worked with Connecticut legislators, trying to pass a 911 texting bill in Morrin's name.[citation needed] In 2010, French was awarded the “Excellence in Local Television Award" by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association for an hour-long special called “Gay in America: Tensions & Tolerance." That special focused on several teens who killed themselves after being bullied.[citation needed]

French competed in the Miss Teen USA and Miss America pageants. She was born in Dallas, Texas but grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas and then moved to Columbia, Missouri to attend college.[1]

French won the Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2004 title in a state pageant held in late 2003. It was her first attempt at the title. She went on to represent Arkansas in the Miss Teen USA 2004 pageant held in Palm Springs, California in August 2004. French did not place in the nationally televised pageant, which was won by Shelley Hennig of Louisiana, but she did win the Miss Photogenic award. This award, chosen by a public internet vote, is given to the delegate who most "exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera".[2]

French, a 2004 graduate of Lakeside High School in Arkansas, later moved to Columbia, Missouri to study Broadcast Journalism at the University of Missouri.[3] While there she won the Miss Mid-Missouri title and competed for the Miss Missouri 2006 title, which she won. Sarah is one of only a few Miss Teen USA delegates to win a Miss America state title, and it is even more rare than she has held titles in different states.

French competed in the Miss America 2007 pageant broadcast live on CMT from the Theatre for the Performing Arts on January 29, 2007 and won the Miss America 2007 Smile Award. Her platform was "Health and Fitness for Life". She has been very interested in diabetes. "I chose my platform because diabetes runs on both sides of my family." She has also volunteered with the Special Olympics and has written articles for Life & Home Magazine, where she established a monthly health and fitness column.[citation needed]

As Miss Missouri, French worked as a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network, traveling the state giving motivational speeches and speaking with young students through a program called Right Decisions, Right Now.

During college, French worked as an Anchor/Reporter at the NBC affiliate station, KOMU-TV, in Columbia, Missouri. She worked as a one-man band, working as a photographer, reporter and editor. During college, she also worked as an intern for NBC Universal in Burbank, CA, where she assisted in the production of NBC’s annual Press Tour. While in Los Angeles, French was a host for NBC’s local television show, YourLA.

French is a member of the Cherokee Nation.[citation needed] A few years ago she spoke at the National Trail of Tears Conference.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kenny, Rachel (September 2006). "Taking The Reign: A Visit With Columbia's Own Miss Missouri". Inside Columbia. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Miss Louisiana Teen USA Crowned Miss Teen USA 2004 During Live NBC Telecast on August 16th" (Press release). Miss Universe Organization. 2004-08-16. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 
  3. ^ Crook, Jennifer (December 2006). "Lakeside Alumni Vies for Miss America title". Hot Springs Life and Home. p. 34. Archived from the original on 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2007-01-28. 

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Preceded by
Brittany Carpenter
Miss Arkansas Teen USA
2004
Succeeded by
Ashton Schmidt
Preceded by
Stacie Cooley
Miss Missouri
2006
Succeeded by
Lindsay Casmaer