Crowley beauties crowned, 2010 Miss Crowley pageants held

CROWLEY – There was an abundance of beauty, glitz and glamour in the Rice Capital of America last night as the 2010 Miss Crowley Pageants were held at the Historic Rice Theatre. The pageants, which are sponsored by the Crowley Professional Women’s Club, are in their 74th year.

Kayla Kebodeaux whose sponsor for the evening was The Ballroom of Crowley was crowned as the newest Ambassador to the Rice Capital of America, Miss Crowley 2010 by Miss Crowley 2009 Kailey Rachelle Hanks. She will serve as the City of Crowley’s Ambassador to the 2011 International Rice Festival. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Larry and Connie Kebodeaux. She has auburn hair and dark brown eyes and stands five feet two inches tall. Kayla is a 2010 graduate of Crowley High School where she was a member of the Student Council, the newspaper staff, National Honor Society where she served as Vice President, Drama Club and was in the Acadia Parish Talented Art Program. While in school, Kayla was crowned Homecoming Queen and voted Most Beautiful her senior year. She was the Acadia Parish representative of the Louisiana School Board art contest and her art was featured in the State Capitol building for a year. She also placed first in the APEL art contest. Kayla was awarded the Solitic Club Scholarship and graduated in the top 20 of her class with a 3.5 GPA. She is a member of Miss Bea’s reading program and the founder of “Share the Best of Yourself” nonprofit organization of Crowley High School. Kayla has been a member of the International Rice Festival Dance Troupe for three years. In the fall, she plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in fashion design. She is currently employed by First United Methodist as an arts and crafts teacher for summer day camp.

Miss Crowley’s court included first runner up, Olivia LeJeune, who was sponsored by Home Bank and second runner up; Chelsea Guidry, who was sponsored by Shetler Corley Ford. Both court members will represent the City of Crowley at an area festival of their choice.

Taking the crown as Teen Miss Crowley 2010 was Carlie Lormand who was sponsored by Let’s Drive Driving School. Being crowned by 2009 Teen Miss Crowley, Paige Elizabeth Mire, she is the 15-year-old daughter of Todd and Gayle Lormand. She stands five feet three inches tall and has brown hair and hazel eyes. Currently a student at Notre Dame High School, she is involved with the Drama Club, the Student Council, the Pep Squad, the volleyball team and was chosen as the Freshman class Vice President and the Sophomore class Treasurer. Her honors and awards include the Christian Award, the Service Award, the Good Behavior Award and was on her baseball All Star team. Carlie is a member of the St. Michael Youth Group and ND Campus Ministry. She attended Stubbenville and is a vacation bible school teacher. Her plans after high school are to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and pursue a degree in Public Relations.

First runner up for this year’s pageant in the Teen Division was Emily Perry who was sponsored by Bank of Commerce; and second runner up was Brandy Richard who was sponsored by Iberia Bank.

Reigning as Junior Miss Crowley for the year 2010 will be Taylor Daigle. She was crowned by Junior Miss Crowley 2009, Elise Michelle Miller, and her sponsor for the evening was LaSpiaggia Day Spa.

She is the twelve and a half year old daughter of Toby and Rachelle Daigle. She stands five feet one inch tall and has brown hair and brown eyes. Currently a student at Redemptorist Catholic, Taylor is involved in cheerleading, basketball, volleyball and softball. She is a member of the 4-H Club and assisted in her school bazaar’s fundraising activities and also in raising money for the seventh grade field trip. She is the recipient of the Good Behavior Award and received a Dare Award for an outstanding essay. Taylor held a main role in the play “Nun Cracker,” is a member of her school’s choir and plays the bells. She has volunteered to raise money for St. Jude’s, MDA and to assist the homeless in our area.

Junior Miss Crowley’s court included first runner up Jamie Hanks who was sponsored by H&H Electrical Supplies and second runner up Melaina Doughty who was sponsored by Acadiana Smiles.

In addition to the crowning of the newest royalty, there were also awards given for Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic. Both awards were sponsored by the Crowley Flower Shop. There were also scholarships given in the Miss Division. Miss Congeniality for the Junior Division was Lacy Patin. Taking the honor in the Teen Division was Brandy Istre and Gabrielle Istre received the award among the Miss Contestants. The winner of the $800.00 Scholarship was Kayla Kebodeaux, the $500.00 Scholarship was Patrice LaCombe and the $250.00 Scholarship was Chelsea Guidry.

Receiving the award for Most Photogenic in the Junior Division was Gabrielle Dupuis; in the Teen Division is was Paige Guillory; and in the Miss Division was Chelsea Guidry.There was also recognition given to the young lady who sold the most ads for the 2010 program. The winner of this award was Taylor Daigle.

The proceeds from the sales of ads to local businesses and family members are used to help provide scholarships each year.

The evening, which was emceed by Blane Faulk and Tessa Leleux Richard was filled with the excitement of the pageants, entertainment by the Dolores Nutt School of Dance and remarks from Mayor Greg Jones as well as the 74th International Rice Festival President, Janet Hebert. Also on hand to congratulate the 2010 Queens were Miss Crowley title holders from years past, visiting queens from Louisiana’s Fairs and Festivals and Miss Louisiana Sara Brooks. Shortly before the crowning of the new royalty, 2009 Miss Crowley, Kailey Rachelle Hanks, who will be the City of Crowley’s representative to the 2010 International Rice Festival offered a farewell speech and spoke of her reign. Among the local businesses who donated gifts for the new queens were the accounting firm of Dugas, Soileau & Breaux, Ruddock’s Bakery, Sheriff Wayne Melancon, Dr. P. Dale Leleux, Jr., Carmichael’s Cashway Pharmacy and Salvador’s Jewelers. Other contestants competing the Junior Division were Gabrielle Dupuis sponsored by D&L Communications; Lacy Patin sponsored by LaGrange Food Mart; and Michaela Jabusch sponsored by Quality Equipment. Other contestants n the Teen Division were Sherry Daigle sponsored by St. Martin Bank; Payton Istre sponsored by P&J Auto and Heavy Truck Repair; and Paige Guillory sponsored by L&D Pools. In the Miss Division, other contestants were Gabrielle Istre sponsored by Fezzo’s Restaurant; Kathleen Cormier sponsored by First Bank; and Patrice LaCombe sponsored by Evangeine Bank.

The ladies began their day with interviews which were held at Crowley City Hall and hosted by the Crowley Professional Women’s Club. Visiting queens from throughout Louisiana were welcomed to a reception prior to the pageant which was hosted by the Law Office of Kim R. Hayes and sponsored by Shann Productions. Immediately following the pageant, the new Queens were honored at a reception hosted by Mayor Greg Jones and the Crowley City Council at Crowley City Hall. Special thanks go out to the Crowley Solitic Club for partnering with the Crowley Professional Women’s Club this year and for sharing the grace and hospitality of their members with us. On behalf of the 2010 Pageant Chairperson, Elizabeth Lawson Monk, and all members of the Crowley Professional Women’s Club, much gratitude and appreciation go out to all who helped to make this year’s pageant such a success.

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