Taylor Talley thought the odds of her winning Miss Louisa were pretty low when she considered all of the pageant experience of the other young women she was up against.
Much to the surprise of the 17-year-old, but probably not to anyone else who was watching in the audience, she was crowned Miss Louisa 2019 on March 9 at Louisa County High School. The judges chose her from a field of 12 other contestants.
“I was very shocked and I had to process it all while moving to the center [of the stage] so I could be crowned,” Taylor said. “When the Louisa Junior Woman’s Club individuals had told us what to do when being crowned, I pretty much brushed it off because I had no thought of winning. And then it happened, and it was just an amazing experience.”
Jayde Tucker was chosen first runner-up, Nicole Harlow was named second runner-up and Jessica Faith Hopkins was selected Miss Congeniality.
Saturday night was the high school junior’s first venture into the pageantry world. She will gain plenty more experience as she goes on to represent Louisa County at the Miss Dogwood Festival in April, which culminates in the Queen’s Ball and selection of Dogwood Queen.
Talley said she entered in the hope of winning scholarship monies to further her education. Her plans are to earn a master’s in secondary education and then attend law school.
Miss Louisa was awarded a $500 scholarship and was one of four randomly selected recipients who received $250 from the Believe in Yourself Scholarship, a program started by Jordann Sipes, Miss Louisa 2016.
Others who were awarded the $250 scholarship included Alexis Corral, Jayde Tucker and Elizabeth Bradford.
In addition to scholarships, Talley said she thinks it will be a great way to serve the community in an even greater capacity than she does now. Talley is involved in numerous activities at the high school— both academic and athletic.
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s March 14, 2019 issue.