Even the winter storm this last week could not cancel the competition for Miss Louisa 2013, held at the Louisa Arts Center Saturday night.
Five Louisa County High School students competed for the title and the opportunity to represent the county at the 64th annual Dogwood Festival.
Katelynne Harrison, a senior at Louisa County High School, was crowned Miss Louisa 2013.
“When I heard my name, I was astonished and awestruck,” Harrison said. “I was up against some amazing, beautiful girls. I was honored.”
Leigha Chaney was named 1st runner-up and Allison Stanley garnered 2nd Runner-up and Miss Congeniality in the pageant.
Harrison has been entering pageants since she was a toddler, but took a break for a few years. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that she got the itch to get back into it.
After she entered the Miss Virginia Dogwood Outstanding Teen 2012 pageant and won the title, Harrison was hooked.
“Proud to be Me” is Harrison’s platform, which focuses on anti-bullying. She is working closely with Louisa County Public Schools and the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office to educate students and the community on the importance of accepting one another and the negative effects of bullying.
“As I move forward and prepare for the Dogwood Pageant in Charlottesville next month, I want you all to know I will represent Louisa County to it’s fullest,” Harrison said. “Louisa is a close-knit, strong and proud community, and I am one lucky, grateful young lady to be representing it.”
To read the entire story, see the March 14 edition of The Central Virginian.