Four years after being crowned Miss Bucks County 2015, 22-year-old Fairless Hills native, Sarah Jayne Hughes was recently crowned Miss Bucks County 2019.
Sarah’s year of service will be spent traveling throughout Bucks County promoting her social impact initiative, “Pantry to Pantry, The Start to The End of Hunger” and Children’s Miracle Network.
The Miss Bucks County Scholarship Organization is a local precursor to Miss America.
In June, Sarah will compete at the state level for the title of Miss Pennsylvania.
After being crowned Miss Bucks County the first time, Sarah continued to compete within the Miss America Organization in other towns, but always hoped to one day come back to Bucks County. “I am excited beyond words to be back representing my hometown again! In the age of Miss America 2.0, it is time for Miss Bucks County 2.0,” stated Sarah. She plans to hit the ground running with her social impact initiative, encouraging the county to donate to local food pantries and participate in food packaging events.
While promoting her own initiative, Sarah will also be promoting the Miss America Organization’s national social impact initiative, Children’s Miracle Network.
With an entire year of service ahead, Sarah will spend the next two months preparing for Miss Pennsylvania Week, which will be held in York County, PA.
The Miss America 2.0 Scholarship Competition no longer includes swimsuit, instead it is focusing on social impact initiatives and women empowerment. “We are in a time where women are rising to the occasion, being their own boss, and Miss America 2.0 is designed to reflect that,” said Sarah.
The first of many goals Sarah hopes to accomplish as Miss Bucks County is partnering with food pantries all across the county to spread the word on what food items the pantries need and work to fulfill those needs.
In the meantime she is also focusing on preparing to best represent Bucks County at the Miss Pennsylvania competition.
Sarah is a senior at Temple University pursuing a B.A. in strategic communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in criminal justice.
Miss Bucks County 2019 is Sarah’s fifth title within the Miss America Organization.
The Miss America Organization is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually in cash and in-kind scholarships.
At the local level, the Miss Bucks County Organization was founded in 1958, took a brief hiatus after 2000 and re-started in 2015.
PHOTO CAP: Sarah Jayne Hughes (in red) is crowned for a second time.