Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

Minden ladies home after Miss Louisiana

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Paige McCoy is home and ready to focus on her duties as Miss Minden after the week that is the Miss Louisiana Pageant.

"I think it went as best as it possibly could have," McCoy said of her second time to compete at the state pageant. "I came out with a lot more friends and relationships that will last a long time."

McCoy plans to make appearances at schools, reading to students and promoting bone marrow transplants to high school seniors.

"I'm focused on being the best Miss Minden that I can be," she said. "I thank everyone who supported me in any way — especially Lindsay and Jami, they are the best directors I could ask for, and my parents."

Macey Colvin, Molly McCann and Savannah Willis also competed. McCann won theDuke of Edinburgh bronze award.

Miss Lafayette Lacey Sanchez earned the crown and will represent the state at the Miss America Pageant.

Sanchez won a $10,000 scholarship on Saturday night in Monroe. The 23-year-old LSU student from Baton Rouge was chosen from a field of 32 contestants.

Sanchez was preliminary lifestyle and fitness swimsuit winner on Friday. Her platform is "Designed to Move."

Miss Spirit of the Ouachita Amy Matherne was first runner-up. Miss Monroe Kelly Bernard was named second runner-up. Miss Heart of Pilot Chelsi Hefner, and Miss Holiday in Dixie Tori Thompson were named third and fourth runners-up.

Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Shannon Byrd was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. Miss Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet Taylor Layman won the healthy living award.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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