Contestants heading into final night
Friday night marked the conclusion of preliminaries for the Miss Louisiana 2012 Pageant, with each of the 36 contestants hoping she has what it takes to bring home the crown at the end of the competition Saturday night at the W.L. “Jack” Howard Theatre in Monroe.
Miss Shreveport Carley McCord won the lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit competition, while Miss Greater Baton Rouge Megan Miller won the talent honors.
Miller won the talent honors for her singing performance of the song “Angels.”
The Children’s Miracle Maker Award was also given to Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Jaden Leach for being the contestant who raised the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the national platform that Miss America endorses.
Saturday is when the competition will really heat up, said Darris Waren, vice president of the Miss Louisiana Organization. The contestants will be rehearsing most of the day leading up to the pageant that night.
“The preliminaries and production has been very exciting,” Waren said. “You can always feel the tension and excitement building as the week progresses.”
The contestants have been working “nonstop” since their arrival in Monroe on Monday, which is not something that’s going to change when one of them is crowned Miss Louisiana 2012, Waren said.
Ahhh my favorite, the sexist swimsuit competition.
Arely D. Castillo/The News-StarThe “Blues Group” compete at the swimsuit competition during the Miss Louisiana 2012 preliminaries on Thursday at the Monroe Civic Center.
Arely D. Castillo/The News-StarMiss Louisiana Tech Lauren Vizza wins the swimsuit competition during the Miss Louisiana 2012 preliminaries on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Monroe Civic Center.