Miss RI crowned in Newport
By Kirsten Glavin
NEWPORT, RI – For Nicolette Peloquin, 21, of Newport, the third time’s a charm.
"I had this crazy face. I instantly went like this and covered my mouth,” said Peloquin, describing her crowning moment.
The newly graduated Salve Regina student took home the crown Sunday night in Newport at the Miss Rhode Island America Pageant. Her winning platform was “Be The Match: The National Bone Marrow Registry.
Peloquin told ABC6 News in an interview Monday that she has been a registered donor for the past year and a half. She explained that losing both of her grandparents to cancer inspired her to advocate for the organization. According to the “Be The Match” website, the institution helps facilitate bone marrow transplants for the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers.
"Even though I made it to the top 5 and there’s that extremely intense moment, I just knew that I had them with me, and that it was time,” she said.
The East Bridgewater native is not new to the stage. She’s a tumbler, a cheerleader and a veteran pageant competitor.
Although she will be pursuing her masters at UMASS Boston, Peloquin explained to ABC6 that it will mostly be completed online and that she plans to stay in the ocean state for the foreseeable future.
"I love the character, the coastline and the convenience of the state. There’s absolutely no reason for me to leave now."
She added that sticking to her roots and staying true to herself won her the title of Miss Rhode Island.
"That’s what gave me a little bit of edge… staying true to myself."