(WKTV) - The Miss Mohawk Valley competition was held at the VVS High School, Saturday night.
Five women competed in the competition for the chance to win the crown and represent the Mohawk Valley for the next year.
In addition to competing for a title, the women participated in the event for something very special for their future.
"This is a scholarship opportunity," said Laurie Jean Britton of the Miss Mohawk Valley Scholarship program. "We are a not for profit run by volunteers, and we do it because we want to see young ladies advance in education.
"We do fundraising to raise awards so we can raise better stats for education, so that's what tonight is about."
While the contestants were going for Miss Mohawk Valley last night, their sights are all set much higher.
Each contestant hopes to use this competition to make it to the next stage and become the next Miss New York. On Saturday night, the contestants received an inspirational visit from the current Miss New York, who had some crucial advice for them to reach their dreams.
"The biggest thing is to stay true to yourself," said Miss New York, Amanda Mason. "If you are who you are, and you are confident with what you believe, that's the most important because that's what's going to shine through and help you shine apart from others and stand out.
By the night's end, the Mohawk Valley crowned its winner.
This year's Miss Mohawk Valley title belongs to Lauren Crandall, of Fultonville.
Crandall is currently a student at SUNY Oneonta, who competed with the platform "EASY," which stands for Education, Advocacy, Safe spaces, and Youth groups.
NewsChannel 2 would like to congratulate Crandall, and all of the contestants on a very exciting and well-represented competition.