|Kaitlyn Tarpey is a 21-year-old student at the Honors College at PACE University. She began competing in the Miss Connecticut Pageant two years ago after surviving an almost-fatal lung surgery. Her passions are raising awareness for Veterans through fundraisers and her blog, http://kaittarpey.wordpress.com/.
Having family members who have served in the military and are now struggling to acclimate back into society, she has made it her priority to educate others and help veterans as much as she can. She is involved with multiple veterans' organizations including the CT Fallen Heroes Foundation, the Purple Heart Foundation and the National Veterans Services Fund.
Being a competitive Irish Step Dancer since the age of 8, she presents a contemporary Irish Step Dancing routine for the talent portion of competition. And though she might appear fully Irish, Kaitlyn was actually born in France.
She has a 19-year-old brother who is attending the College of William and Mary on a full athletic scholarship.
After learning that the Miss America Organization is the largest provider of scholarships in the world, she decided to participate in a local pageant. After joining the organization, Kaitlyn realized the voice it gave her in the community and she fell in love with the idea of being a local leader. After competing in the National Sweetheart Competition this year, she now hopes to become the state representative and travel all over Connecticut promoting the organizations commitment to the Children's Miracle Network and continuing to build awareness about the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Program.