April 15, 2024

Rehoboth Resident Crowned Mrs. Massachusetts Petite 2024

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Chrystal (Sousa) Lopes, a lifelong resident of Rehoboth, competed in the New England Petite pageant on March 24th, 2024 and was awarded the title of Mrs. Massachusetts Petite. She will be competing in the National Petite USA pageant this July in Chicago! Additionally, she was “1st Runner Up” in the Mrs. New England Division and won the awards of “Best Smile” and “Most Photogenic.” At Nationals, she will be competing to be Mrs. USA Petite.

Lopes is a 28 year old Occupational Therapist, working for a local nonprofit providing trauma-informed services to youth that are emergency displaced from their homes due reasons of neglect, abuse, and other forms of trauma. She is extremely passionate about working with this population which played a huge role in inspiring her platform “Be Resilient,” which aims to bring attention to the children in the care of the state as well as mental, physical, and emotional health awareness.

The daughter of Linda Lima and Manuel Sousa, she attended Palmer River Elementary and Beckwith Middle School. An Honors graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, class of 2014, she was heavily involved with the color guard and the nationally recognized Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band. A student of the martial arts, she is a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Chrystal went on to graduate from Bridgewater State University with her Bachelors and New England Institute of Technology, where she earned her Associates to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant moving on to earn her Masters degree to become an Occupational Therapist. She is the older sister of Brittany and Ian Sousa, both of Rehoboth. A newlywed, she is married to Gary Lopes Jr of Dighton, Ma.

Lopes is very proud to represent her home state and hometown at the National pageant!

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