Ms. Mallory Cox, representing Lafayette, and Ms. Lauren Vizza, representing Louisiana Tech, won the Talent and Swimsuit Competitions respectively in the Miss Louisiana Competition, which now heads into the final hours.
The 36 Miss Louisiana Contestants from all over the Bayou state are gearing up today in Monroe for the last night of competition before the Saturday finals to be crowned the next Miss Louisiana.
The Saturday finals will be broadcast live from the Monroe Civic Center's WL "Jack" Howard Theater starting at 7 p.m. and concluding with Miss Louisiana 2011, Monroe native and Top Ten finalist at Miss America, Hope Anderson crowning her successor, Miss Louisiana 2012.
The competition's remaining schedule is:
Friday, June 22 at 7pm at the Monroe Civic Center:
Contestants will be on stage Friday night in the second of 3 nights of competition for the crown of Miss Louisiana.
Saturday, June 23 at 8pm at the Monroe Civic Center:
Miss Louisiana 2011, Monroe native and Top Ten finalist at Miss America, Hope Anderson, will crown her successor, Miss Louisiana 2012, at the Monroe Civic Center's WL "Jack" Howard Theater. In the competition, a Top 10, then a Top 5 will be selected and finally Miss Louisiana 2012 will be crowned. Saturday's finals will be broadcast live at 8pm on KLFY-TV10.
"We are proud to host the 49th Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe in cooperation with our wonderful sponsors. The Miss Louisiana Pageant is one of the largest events held in Monroe each year and has a positive economic impact on our area as people travel from all over the state, as well as some from out of state to stay in our local hotels, shop with our local businesses and boutiques, and to eat in our restaurants," Deana Little, Executive Director said. "It truly is a community wide effort for a state wide project."
Each year the Miss Louisiana Organization brings in an esteemed panel of judges with the task of selecting the new Miss Louisiana. This year's judging panel will include Sophia Dickens, Harvard educated Television host from California; Suzanne Doland, Executive Director for the Miss Colorado Pageant; Bobbie Candler, Miss Louisiana 1982 and current actress in California; Mike Walsworth, State Senator serving his 17th year in Baton Rouge; and Susan Downs, retired educator and mother of Miss America 2005, Deidra Downs.
The Miss Louisiana Organization has a volunteer based Board of Directors that works to share the accomplishments of the contestants and provide scholarships to further their education. In 2011, the Miss Louisiana Organization made available over $950,000 in cash and tuition scholarships. Miss America offers over $45 million dollars in cash and scholarships, making them the number one provider of scholarships to young women in the world. For more information please visit www.misslouisiana.org