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Rising to the Challenges

Senior triumphs in the classroom, laboratory and pageants

First she became Miss Taunton, then Miss Massachusetts. Could Miss America be next for Bridgewater State University’s Lyndsey Kate Littlefield?

The biology major and member of the Class of 2020 hails from Taunton, and is in a select group of women with that opportunity. Her recent victory in the Miss Massachusetts scholarship pageant qualifies her for the Miss America competition. The event will be held on a date to be announced and broadcast on NBC. 

Lyndsey hopes to become a dentist, competes internationally in ninja-style obstacle courses, and supports Girls Incorporated of Taunton, a youth-enrichment organization inspiring girls 5 to 18 years old to be strong, smart and bold.

While Lyndsey is eager to step onto the national stage and showcase Massachusetts to the country, she hasn’t forgotten how BSU helps her achieve her dreams.

What was your reaction to becoming Miss Massachusetts?

It’s really unreal. I look at the photos and I don’t even realize it was me. I had this dream for a really long time to win the hometown title. I never could really envision it, but I always wanted it.

How are you preparing for the national competition?

I’m going to treat it like a ninja competition. That’s what I did for preparing for Miss Massachusetts.  … If you don’t have the right mental state, you’re not going to come out as a winner. 

How has your BSU experience helped in pageants?

My professor, Maria Armour, has definitely helped me gain a lot of confidence in being an educated female scientist (Lyndsey is studying bats with Armour.). I knew I was not in a female-dominated field and that I wasn’t always taken seriously. To see her and her successes definitely helps me feel confident in my studies and feel empowered. (She also praises Greg DeMelo, director of travel services, for helping her prepare, and thanks everyone at BSU who has supported her.)

You’ve received congratulations from many people at BSU, including President Frederick W. Clark Jr., ’83. What does the tremendous encouragement from the Bridgewater community mean to a transfer student like you?

It’s been amazing and even the students who have graduated have sent me Instagram messages posting old lab photos (with a crown added on Lyndsey’s head, of course). It shows even though you’re a transfer student, there are so many opportunities to get connected on campus and it’s so important to do that. … The staff and the alumni and students are so willing to support you through everything. It’s absolutely incredible.