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Paige McCoy has earned the right to wear a crown as Minden's newest ambassador. The 20-year-old was granted the title Miss Minden 2014 before a large crowd at the Minden Civic Center Saturday night.
"It really hasn't hit me yet," McCoy said, after she was crowned. "I guess it will hit me tonight when I go to bed."
McCoy's platform is raising awareness as a match for bone marrow transplants.
"I, personally, have experience with my uncle being diagnosed four years ago with Multiple Myleoma," she said during the question-and-answer segment of the pageant. "You don't realize that not only are you impacting the patient, but the family as well."
McCoy entertained the crowd by performing a jazz dance routine.
"I am looking forward to representing Miss Minden at Miss Louisiana and with all of the other events," McCoy said. "I want to do a huge gumbo cook-off to help raise money and to help with St. Jude. I am really excited about that."
McCoy is the daughter of Rachael Roton and D. and Brian McCoy.
Macey Colvin was named first runner-up, along with Miss Congeniality. She also won the swimsuit and talent competitions.
Colvin's platform was Hippotherapy, a treatment strategy that utilizes horse movement to aid with rehabilitation. For her talent, she performed a clogging dance routine. The 18-year-old is the daughter of Debbie and Brandy Colvin.
Second runner-up Desiree Page, 18, is the daughter of Isabel and James McLaughlin. Her platform was to raise awareness of the need of service members and veterans through "Home of the Free because of the Brave." She sang during the talent portion of the competition.
The Miss Minden Pageant is sponsored by the Young Women's Service Club.