Recent NC State graduate is the new Miss Vermont

July 9, 2012
By Bill Krueger

Chelsea Ingram thought her pageant days were over when she graduated from NC State last year and moved to Vermont. She had competed in the Miss North Carolina pageant four times, finishing in the top 10 three times, but Ingram was focused on getting her career launched as a television weather forecaster.

Ingram had majored in meteorology at NC State — drawn by the urge to understand the weather after experiencing the fury of Hurricane Fran in 1996 — but left her hometown of Raleigh to get some broadcast training at Lyndon State College in Vermont. She was able to learn from the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, an alumnus of Lyndon State, and work on a news program broadcast by the college.

chelsea_wx_revOne of the viewers, as it turned out, was a former Miss Vermont. And she got in touch with Ingram to encourage her to enter the Miss Vermont pageant. Ingram was intrigued, but was not sure whether she could compete and pursue her career at the same time.

Ingram soon landed a job, as a shared weather forecaster for a Fox station and an ABC station in Vermont. And the bosses there had no problems with Ingram also competing to become Miss Vermont.

“I thought I was done with pageants, and needed to get focused on my career,” Ingram says. “I never would have thought that in the end, they would both end up going hand-in-hand.”

As a relative newcomer to the state, Ingram would seemingly be at a competitive disadvantage in seeking to become Miss Vermont. But she said her job helped her quickly gain an understanding and appreciation of Vermont, and so she was ready when she was asked during the pageant where she would take someone new to Vermont.

“The great thing about the position I’m in is that I already have credibility as a Vermonter and as a meteorologist,” she says. “That made it easier for them to adapt to me not being a native. I told them, ‘I didn’t get to choose where I was born, but now I am able to choose where I live and work.'”

Ingram was surprised, though, when they called her name last month as the new Miss Vermont. She will compete for the title of Miss America in January.

“I don’t know if it’s hit me yet,” she says. “Competing for Miss America has been a dream of mine since I was a very little girl.”

chelsea_crowning_rev1Ingram has responsibilities as Miss Vermont to make appearances around the state, but she says her bosses at the station are supportive of her role as Miss Vermont. “Everywhere I go, it promotes the station,” she says.

Besides, Ingram continues to be fascinated with the weather and appreciates having the chance to help her viewers understand it.

“My forecast is based on how it will impact people’s plans,” Ingram says. “I try to cater to my viewers and how they make their plans. I try to think about what I would like to hear.”

Ingram says that competing in pageants has been critical to her initial success in her career.

“If it wasn’t for competing in the Miss America organization, I would not have my job,” she says. “Competing in that has taught me communication, leadership and time management. I developed more confidence by performing on stage. Those are all key components in doing weather on television.”

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5 Responses to “Recent NC State graduate is the new Miss Vermont”

  1. maerty says:

    Chelsea is a great weather forecaster. Hope she does great at the pageant!!

  2. Barbara Rhoades says:

    Chelsea,
    What is North Carolina’s loss is Vermont’s gain and they should be proud to have you. Congratulations on winning Miss Vermont and your new job. You will blow them away at Miss American in January.

    Lots of luck!
    Ben & Barbara

  3. Betsy says:

    It’s not a shocker that she won…many people predicted this win. Chelsea’s presence and training for pageants isn’t as typical in Vermont. Hopefully this encourages some changes in the Vermont pageantry with the level of preparedness, commitment (before being a finalist) and training (Chelsea’s training is impressive as well as her communication skills). Honestly, as someone who attended the past few years of pageants here in Vermont I believe Chelsea may just be the one to finally advance to the semi-finals (currently VT is the only state that has not advanced to the semi-finals). Good luck Chelsea!

  4. Damian McKenzie / Metlife says:

    It us easy to see why you are successful. What a wonderful path you are following and I wish you great continuing success in all that you do. Blessings in 2014.

  5. Sam McArtor says:

    Chelsea it is a pleasure to have you part of our city,as well as seeing your beauty and grace each day doing what you love to do (weather) . Thank you for coming to our town and bringing that beautiful smile!
    By the way,what happened to your arm?
    See you on the evening news and may you have a great life here in Baltimore.
    God bless you.
    Sam McArtor
    A viewer on channel 13 news and weather since 1953.

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