You can vote for Miss Vermont

Miss America Live! airs on the TLC television network on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the meantime, Vermonters have the power to influence the outcome and give Rachel Ann Cole, Miss Vermont 2007, an even better shot at the Miss America crown by casting a vote for her at www.tlc.com/missameric. The woman with the most votes who isn't already in the Top 15 on the night of the pageant will become the 16th finalist and compete for the title of Miss America 2008. Board member Hannah Manley is confident in the state's representative: "I believe that Rachel Ann has a real shot at becoming the first Miss Vermont ever to be a finalist in the Miss America pageant. Cole leaves for the Miss America pageant on Jan. 17. The Miss Vermont organization hosted a party in her honor at Roland's Place on Route 5 in New Haven last Sunday. Gov. Jim Douglas was on hand to wish the Middlebury College senior good luck.

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