It's the first step of her journey to becoming Miss Connecticut and then possibly Miss America.

According to the Danbury Patch, Victoria Lemme of Danbury, was just recently crowned Miss Shoreline 2017. The pageant is the local preliminary to Miss Connecticut and could catapult Victoria to the Miss America pageant.

Victoria is a junior at the University of Connecticut where she is a nursing student. Her goal -- aside from being the next Miss America -- is to one day work as a registered nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We got a chance to catch up with Tori, and here's what she had to say about her bright and noble future:

As an aspiring registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Miss Connecticut Organization will help me to bring awareness to premature birth across CT, and the risks that come with it for the mother and child. My passion for becoming a nurse and advocate stemmed from my late grandmother, who was my best friend, and biggest supporter.

She has also been dancing since she was three, and is a member of the UConn dance and tap teams, so it was no surprise that for the talent portion of the Miss Shoreline Pageant so chose to do a tap solo, and received the highest score for talent.

Victoria won the competition after competing in only three previous pageants. She will compete for the title of Miss Connecticut in June of 2017.

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