Via the Miss Connecticut Pageant:
HAMDEN – A member of the Hamden High School class of 2014 will be representing the state at this year’s 2018 Miss America pageant.
Eliza Kanner, 21, was recently crowned Miss Connecticut 2017. While a student at HHS, Eliza was very active in a wide variety of clubs and activities, including the Dance Team, DECA, and the Drama Club. She also served for two years as a Student Representative to the Board of Education.
When asked what inspired her platform, “For The Kids,” Kanner said that the kids she met at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center are her heroes. Eliza and her family understands what is it like to be a patient, as she was a patient at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in 1996, and it was the Medical Center’s quality of care allowed for Eliza to live a childhood free of serious illness.
Her platform celebrates the 350 dance marathons that are held at colleges and universities nationwide that raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, such as Connecticut Children’s.
Eliza is a senior at the University of Connecticut, where she is the Co-Executive Director of HuskyTHON, a year-long fundraiser for Connecticut Children’s that culminates into an 18-hour dance marathon. Patients refer to HuskyTHON as a day that is “better than Christmas,” and HuskyTHON 2018 is on the road to raising $1,000,000, For The Kids.
This isn’t the first time Eliza has won competitions: shen she was at HHS, she took first place in the International DECA competition and was a member of Hamden High’s highly-renowned State championship-winning Dance Team.
In 2016, she won the Leaders of Tomorrow Award – just one of many special recognitions Eliza has received for her charitable efforts. Eliza is currently a student at the University of Connecticut.