Katie Levasseur is a 20-year-old senior at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont where she majors in Political Science and minorsin both Economics and Business Administration. Katie grew up in Lyndonville and Waterford, Vermont and is a graduate of St Johnsbury Academy. Although she grew up in Caledonia County, Katie is aproud eleventh generation Vermonter in the East Barnard community in Windsor County.
While in highschool, Katie participated in many activities and held several leadership roles, including serving as the Director-at-Large position for the Saint Andrew's Highland Dancers of Vermont, was a student leader in the Graham Highlander's Bagpipe Band, and was a National Honor Society member.
In 2000, Katie began studying Scottish Highland dancing at the Heather Morris School of Celtic Dance. In 2007 she was the Third Runner-Up to the Eastern Regional Highland Dance title and in 2008 she was the Fourth Runner-Up. In 2007, she was also selected as one of twenty-five dancers from all of North America to compete at the Sadie Simpson Highland Dance Scholarship Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Katiehas competed at the championship level in Scottish Highland Danceacross the United States, Scotland, and Canada. She continues to dance with the Heather Morris School of Celtic Dance and currently holds her Associate Teacher's Certification.
In her senior year of high school, Katie was selected to participate in the Girls Rock the Capitol legislative internship program through the Girl Scout Council of Vermont. Through her involvement in this program, Katie was also selected as a youth delegate for the Girl Scouts of America to the 52nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. During her internship and with the help other interns, Katie was instrumental in the proposition and enactment of the most recent Vermont Constitutional Amendment, which permits anyone who will attain the full age of eighteen by the time of the general elections to vote in the primary elections. In 2010, Vermont Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz honored Katie with an Enduring Democracy Award for her commitment to promoting the tenants of democracy through her work on the constitutional amendment.
Katie beganher college career at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts where she was an Honor's College student, on the Dean's List, and amember of Highland Dance Boston. At the beginning of her sophomore year, she transferred to the University of Vermont where she joined the Gamma Tau chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and was elected first to the position of Formal Recruitment Chair in 2009, then to the position of Executive Vice President in 2010. Katieis also an active member of Order of Omega, the Mortar Board Honor Society, and the "Celtic Cats," UVM's Celtic dance team. In addition to Katie's extracurricular commitments, she work spart-time, is a Girls on the Run coach, and a volunteer at the Vermont Children's Hospital.
Katie has competed in the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization since 2009. In 2010, Katie was the third-runner up, and on June 25, 2011, Katie was crowned Miss Vermont. In her commitment to this organization, she will postpone her senior year at the University of Vermont. Katie will be a full-time Miss Vermont traveling across the state and promoting her platform, Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow. Katie's platform is the perfect cause for her to promote as Miss Vermont because it centers on the ideals of youth involvement, political engagement, and community responsibility. Katie eagerly looks forward to traveling the state and is very excited to represent the great state of Vermont at Miss America on January 14, 2012.