MONTVILLE, CT — It’s getting real for Miss West Virginia.

Elizabeth Lynch has started her week in Connecticut as she makes her way through to the Miss America pageant, which is set for this week in Connecticut. Today will be Job Interview, Social Impact Pitch, and Red Carpet Wear. She’s inviting folks back home to root her on:

Her social impact initiative “Growing Up, Growing Ag: Advocating for Appalachian Agriculture” is one that’s close to her heart.  “I’ve been a huge proponent of agriculture since I was very young, and that support will never change,” Lynch says.

“Creating a social impact initiative around American and Appalachian agriculture was super easy for me to do,”  according to Lynch. “Everyone has been very excited about the fact that I’m supporting and talking about a group of people that never really get to be in the spotlight.”

Lynch adds its easy to take for granted that we always have food in the grocery stores “and clothes on our backs.”

The Miss America 2023 competition is set for this week, December 12-15 at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, with two preliminary competitions on Dec. 12 and 13.

You can follow Lynch’s progress on the Miss West Virginia Facebook page.

Elizabeth Lynch is a native of Martinsburg, West Virginia and is honored to represent the Mountain State while advocating for her lifelong passion of agriculture. Elizabeth is a summa cum laude graduate of Delaware State University and a recent graduate of West Virginia University with a Master of Science in food and nutritional science. Upon completion of her year of service as Miss West Virginia, she will start her PhD with a focus on animal science.

Elizabeth’s Social Impact Initiative, “Growing Up, Growing Ag: Advocating for Appalachian Agriculture”, seeks to promote agricultural literacy and raise awareness about the benefits of farming and agriculture, especially in the Appalachian region.