And the winner is…
2015’s Miss Norway of Greater New York chosen
Hopewell Junction, N.Y.
At a luncheon held at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., Lauren Reese Benson was chosen to be the representative of the Norwegian communities in Greater New York. Lauren comes from Somerset, New Jersey, and is a communications major at Rutgers University with hopes of pursuing a career working with children in speech therapy. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She has fond memories of her grandfather who came from Kristiansand, taught his family to ski by two years of age, and had a love of America and Norway.
Lauren will represent the Norwegian-American communities of the New York area in the 17th of May Parade in Brooklyn. She has already attended the 17th of May fundraiser at The Salty Dog.
The runner-up in the contest bears the title of Miss Heritage. This year’s Miss Heritage is Britt Henricksen of Rockaway, New Jersey. She is a second grade teacher in New Jersey’s Mount Olive School District. Her grandparents come from Kvinesdal and Tysnes.
Both ladies try to incorporate their heritage into their schooling and workday. They are lovely representatives of the Norwegian-American community.
The Miss Norway Contest of Greater New York is sponsored by the Norwegian Immigration Association.
This article originally appeared in the May 1, 2015, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.