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Miss Louisiana 2016: Five Tech students take part in the state’s annual pageant

July 1, 2016
Miss Louisiana 2015 crowns Justine Ker, the winner of Miss Louisiana 2016, with the help of Miss Outstanding Teen Louisiana Sarah Katherine McCallum at the Monroe Civic Center on Saturday. – AP/Hannah Baldwin

Miss Louisiana 2015 crowns Justine Ker, the winner of Miss Louisiana 2016, with the help of Miss Outstanding Teen Louisiana Sarah Katherine McCallum at the Monroe Civic Center on Saturday. – AP/Hannah Baldwin

 

 

Lacy Camp
Staff Reporter | lmc074@latech.edu

 

 

Throughout the years, the Miss Louisiana Organization has crowned individuals who continue to be positive influences on society.

 

 

Justine Ker, Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival, was crowned Miss Louisiana 2016 in the ceremony Saturday night at the Monroe Civic Center and is the first Asian-American Miss Louisiana.

 

 

This year’s Miss Louisiana will succeed the 2015 winner, April Nelson of Mandeville.

 

 

Ker, from Choudrant, was selected from 32 contestants across Louisiana for the title. She will represent the state in the Miss America pageant, which will be held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Sunday, Sept. 11.

 

 

Among the 32 contestants, five are students at Louisiana Tech University.

 

 

The five Tech contestants are: Rachel Vizza, Miss Louisiana Tech University and a senior art major from Shreveport; Eva Edinger, Miss Union Parish and a senior biology major from Ruston; Anna Blake, Miss Dixie Gem Peach and a junior kinesiology and health promotion major from Ruston; Ana Deloach, Miss Cane River and a junior marketing major from Woodworth; and Kelsey Wilkes, Miss CenLA and a sophomore biology major from Hamburg.

 

 

In the preliminaries, the contestants were split into two groups — Jazz and Blues. Jazz performed talent and answered onstage questions Thursday night. Blues competed in evening wear and lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit. Friday night, the groups switched competitions.

 

 

Edinger won lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, a $500 scholarship and the Miss America Community Service Award in the second night of preliminaries.

 

 

 Laryssa Bonacquisti, Miss Spirit of Ruston, performs “Cowboy Sweetheart” with two ventriloquist dolls during the second preliminary round of Miss Louisiana at the Monroe Civic Center on Friday. – AP/Hannah Baldwin

Laryssa Bonacquisti, Miss Spirit of Ruston, performs “Cowboy Sweetheart” with two ventriloquist dolls during the second preliminary round of Miss Louisiana at the Monroe Civic Center on Friday. – AP/Hannah Baldwin

“I stay active through dance and visits to the gym,” Edinger said. “I encourage others to find an activity they enjoy.”

 

 

In 2015, Edinger also won lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit and was fourth runner-up for Miss Louisiana.

 

 

While all the contestants were on stage for the televised event Saturday night, the top 10 – who were narrowed down during the preliminaries on Thursday and Friday – were already announced.

 

 

Miss Louisiana pageant veterans Edinger and Blake were among the 10 contestants.

 

 

Miss Union Parish and Tech student Eva Edinger, who won the swimsuit competition, hugs Bonacquisti during the finale of the second preliminary round of Miss Louisiana 2016. – AP/Hannah Baldwin

Miss Union Parish and Tech student Eva Edinger, who won the swimsuit competition, hugs Bonacquisti during the finale of the second preliminary round of Miss Louisiana 2016. – AP/Hannah Baldwin

“It was riveting,” Edinger said. “Such a complete honor.”

 

 

Out of the top 10, five finalists were chosen before the countdown to the crowning of the new Miss Louisiana.

 

 

Miss Heart of Pilot, Holli Conway, was the first runner-up.

 

 

“All I can say is hard work and determination pays off,” Edinger said. “I left it all on the stage.”

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