Laneave competed with 10 other high school students, including Amanda Baker, Heather Brantley, Macey Dailey, Tana Dixon, Courtney Harrison, Jessica Killibrew, Annie Lancaster, Amanda Lawrence, Stephanie Thorpe and Sarah Williamson.
Carrie Utter was the evening’s emcee and introduced each one of the girls by reading their bios as they walked out in casual wear. They then went backstage and changed into their dress gowns while Becky Freeman sang. After Freeman sat down, Utter asked if she could sing another song, since the changing process was taking a little longer than expected.
“I’ve seen some of the high heels that these girls are wearing tonight,” Utter said. “Believe me, this is no easy task what these girls are trying to do.”
The girls then walked out in their gowns, eliciting screams of joy from their friends and family. The judges then narrowed the 11 contestants down to Leneave, Baker, Lawrence, Thorpe and Brantley. After the girls each answered one questions, they went backstage while the two judges determined who would win.
Before the rankings were announced, Utter announced Miss Congeniality. Like last year, the title of Miss Congeniality was given to two girls. There was apparently a tie among the contestants who voted, and Killibrew and Dixon were given the honor.
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