Saturday, April 18, 2009


My sister is done with school! She graduated last year with her undergraduate degree and this year is graduating the weekend of Miss New Hampshire with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy! I'm so proud of her for all her scholastic accomplishments! She was able to travel to Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina for clinical rotations and has really had a great college experience. She is one of my role models and is the best sister ever! I'm sad I have to miss her big day (graduation) and hope she knows I'll be thinking of her for her pinning and all the ceremonies.

She was home for Easter and I was able to do some working out with her. She's a Personal Trainer and kicked my butt twice while she was home. I didn't know I could sweat that much, it was crazy. "TWO MORE LET'S GO!!" (I'm still having flash backs) It was really nice of her to spend some time giving me a work out for Miss NH.

Thanks Jess


Jessica is an ACE certified Personal Trainer and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist. She is also an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has been a personal trainer since 2006, working at the gym at Northeastern University. She is graduating this May with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She also has her G coaching certificate through Masssachusetts Youth Soccer Association and coaches Cambridge U8 girls and Cambridge U18 girls this spring. This summer, she is planning to work as a Personal Trainer in Walpole, MA at LA Fitness and at CATZ (a strength and conditioning facility) in Hingham, MA as a strength coach. Her plan is to be a traveling Physical Therapist in the fall, once she has passed her board exam.

I woke up this morning to an email from Billy Shore: Share Our Strength's Co-Founder

What an exciting email to wake up to! I went to check my email today and was so touched that Billy sent me this note. He is such a busy man and took time out of his day to send me a nice email.

good luck‏
From: Shore, Billy (******
Sent:Sat 4/18/09 10:34 AM
To: Alicia Rossman (
Saw the article in the Portsmouth Herald. Just wanted to wish you the best of luck. We’re so proud of your commitment to ending hunger.
Check out his bio on the website!
While I was in Washington D.C. I was able to meet with 3 leaders on the executive team: Billy, Debbie, and Chuck

I had such a great time meeting with them and am so impressed with all of work they do!


Good luck to all of the contestants competing at Miss New Hampshire, we are all going to have such a fun week together. Good luck packing and stay relaxed! See you all at the next rehearsal on Saturday.

COUNT DOWN 12 DAYS- get your tickets

12 more days until the first preliminary competition!!!

Interview/speaking/poise= check (too many names to put here for mock interview credits)

Gown= check (Designer AJ Chantilly Place)

Talent= check (voice coach Scott Richardson)

Life style and fitness= check (my personal trainer Jessica Rossman)

Current Events= check (thanks dad)

Opening number= check

Finale= check

I'm READY....everything is done and I am so relaxed. All I need to do is pack! P.S. mom you think you can help me with that? (She's a great packer and very organized which is exactly what I need)

I can't believe there are only 12 more days to go! I just got back from the grocery store and came out with nutritious food to keep myself healthy and strong before the competition. This week it is extra important to stay healthy and make sure I'm as germ free as possible especially because I am a singer. I went to Market Basket and got everything on SALE-that's mainly how I shop.

Check list number 2 for the count down is to:
Gym: Sat, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat, Mon
Yoga and out door biking: Wed and Fri
Homework: all the time
Eating: throughout the day
Sleeping: at least 7-8 hours (let's be serious I'm in college)
Speaking engagement: Thursday
Project due: Tuesday
Last voice lesson: Monday
Relax: every chance I get
Watch the news: every chance I get
Practice talent: every day

Get the point???? I have a big week coming up!


Get your tickets now to The Miss New Hampshire Competition at Pinkerton Academy's Stockbridge Theatre in Derry, call 437-9027 or go to

The Citizen News Paper - Lakes faces

Sunday, April 12, 2009

This week's Lakes Face is a familiar one because among her many other duties, she was the official ambassador for the 2009 Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby.

In September 2008, Alicia Rossman of Brentwood was named Miss Lakes Region, an honor that will allow her to vie for the title of Miss New Hampshire later this month and, if she also wins that crown, to represent the Granite State in the 2009 Miss America pageant in Las Vegas.

Rossman, who is the daughter of Robert and Cheryl Rossman, is currently a senior at the University of New Hampshire, where she is pursuing a degree in Nutritional Sciences. She graduated from Exeter High School in 2005 with honors and has been on the UNH Dean's List every semester.

At the Miss New Hampshire competition, Rossman will perform a song, "I was here." Her platform is ending hunger. "

As a nutrition major and advocate, I understand the effects of malnutrition and how food insecurity affects a child's physical, cognitive, emotional and social development," Rossman said. "I look forward to developing my volunteer work on a larger scale and extending my outreach as Miss New Hampshire 2009."

She thanked Wayne Sevin, who is her director, Pacific Beach Tanning and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse for their continued sponsorship.

For more information about the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship program or to buy tickets for this year's competition at Pinkerton Academy's Stockbridge Theatre in Derry, call 437-9027 or go to

Name: Alicia Rossman

Where do you live? Brentwood, New Hampshire

What have you been doing lately?

"I'm a full-time student at the University of New Hampshire graduating in May 2009 with a degree in Nutritional Sciences. I have been a UNH Transit Driver for the past four years and recently started working for the Whole Grains Council. I have had a wonderful four years in college and it has been a time I will never forget. The friendships I have made are amazing and I hope we all end up staying in the same area after graduation!" Rossman is also the reigning Miss Lakes Region, which means that she'll be competing later this month for the title of Miss New Hampshire 2009 and if she wins it, she will go on to the Miss America pageant.

How long have you been part of the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship program?

"This is my fourth year competing in the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program. I have had many wonderful opportunities because of the program and my volunteer efforts."

What do you find interesting about it?

"The program is interesting because it gives young women the opportunity to be out in the community and voice their opinions. We are able to volunteer in classrooms and events all over the state of New Hampshire to share our platform and promote the program. Another great aspect is being a part of the final show! Miss New Hampshire is truly an amazing production that I am so proud to be a part of."

What is your most memorable experience doing what you do?

"Traveling to Washington D.C. for my platform is the most memorable experience. I had a wonderful time at the national Share Our Strength office learning even more about my platform: 'Share Our Strength: It Takes More than Food to Fight Hunger.' I was able to converse with professionals and sit in on meetings that gave me the big picture of what SOS accomplishes. My involvement with Share Our Strength in New Hampshire has been locally fulfilling but traveling to D.C. to meet with such ground breaking professionals was amazing."

If you could choose another career in another place, what and where would it be?

"I think I would have chosen to invent something ground-breaking before college. I would go anywhere my family would want to go. I could never see myself living too far away from family. So wherever they are I will stay near."

What is your favorite quote?

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead"

Exeter New's Letter Front Page article next to Janine Mitchell

EHS grad Alicia Rossman competes for Miss New Hampshire title
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By Jennifer Feals
April 17, 2009 6:00 AM

More than 13 million children in America go hungry each year. While the exact number of children in New Hampshire is not known, statistics show that 29,000 children live in poverty in the state.

Alicia Rossman of Brentwood, current Miss Lakes Region, is tackling this devastating issue of hungry children and hopes to continue doing so as Miss New Hampshire. Rossman is an Exeter High School graduate and currently a nutrition major at the University of New Hampshire.

"It's disheartening to know that people in America, one of the wealthiest countries, are going to bed hungry. Food is something that's a basic need for everybody," Rossman said. "It's been an issue since the Great Depression, and if it's been happening for that many years, why hasn't it been fixed?"

This is Rossman's fourth time competing for the Miss New Hampshire title. Rossman, who placed in the top 10 last year, said she is competing this year with past experience under her belt and is using that knowledge to compete stress-free, hoping it will take her to the top.

By competing in the pageant, along with 25 other contestants, Rossman has the potential to win over $15,000 in scholarships and the chance to compete in Las Vegas for the title of Miss America. Candidates are judged based on a 10-minute interview, stage presence, and lifestyle, fitness and talent competitions.

"It really is such a great opportunity and can set you up for so many things," Rossman said. "It's the opportunity of a lifetime."

To prepare for the competition, which takes place April 30 through May 2, Rossman has been eating healthy, hitting the gym and gearing up her vocal chords for the talent competition. Rossman will sing, "I Was Here," by country band Lady Antebellum, a song she feels was written for this competition.

The song was Team America's Olympic theme song and has been used in commercials for the American Cancer Society's Breast Cancer walk.

"It's almost like I went to Nashville and sat down with a song writer; like we sat down to chat over lunch about my life story and a week later the writer sent me the song he wrote for me," Rossman said. "Everything about the song is perfect. I'm hoping to nail it on the Miss New Hampshire stage."

For her Miss New Hampshire platform "Share Our Strength: It Takes More than Food to Fight Hunger," but also for the love of nutrition and spreading the importance of healthy eating, Rossman is very involved in initiatives in her community. She works on the UNH campus as a transit driver, as well as for the Whole Grains Council, and has completed over 2,000 hours of community service in the past four years.

Rossman recently conducted research that the council will present in Washington, D.C., The research involved visiting local Hannaford supermarkets and conducted an analysis of the amount of whole grains - as opposed to refined grains - offered in products.

During a recent visit to the nation's capitol, Rossman visited the national Share Our Strength office where she met cofounders Bill and Debbie Shore. Rossman said she came back to New Hampshire with new ideas and an increased appreciation for the organization's work.
Among the local organizations Rossman volunteers at are the New Hampshire Food Bank, the Cross Roads House in Portsmouth and the Great American Bake Sale for which she has raised $4,000.

If she wins Miss New Hampshire, Rossman said she would continue spreading the message of nutrition and hunger awareness. She would be a visible Miss New Hampshire who will be active in her community and keep her community aware of what she is doing, for example, through the blog she already maintains.

"It would be a great opportunity to talk to children and others, and to make more people aware of my platform," she said. "I would take advantage of that time as much as I could."
For more information on Rossman and her Miss New Hampshire journey, visit her blog at Anyone interested in hosting a bake sale or food drive can contact Rossman at

To purchase tickets to the Miss New Hampshire competition, visit or call 437-9027.