Valerie Thomas on stage at Miss LAOT

Valerie Thomas, 2nd from left, pictured with fellow contestants in the 2013 Miss LA Outstanding Teen pageant.

Both of our girls had a great final night at the Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. The pageant was a three-day event held at University of LA at Monroe.

The preliminaries and finals were a resounding success, filling ULM’s Brown Auditorium with cheers, tears, and smiles! Best of all, no matter how each contestant fared in the final standings, they all walk away with great experiences, the opportunity to perform on stage, enhance their public speaking skills and interview skills, tune-up their bodies for the Fitness competition, and look absolutely stunning in the dress of their dreams.

Congratulations to all the participants!

Valerie Thomas, Miss Spirit of Ruston Outstanding Teen 2012

Valerie Thomas, Miss Spirit of Ruston’s Outstanding Teen 2012

So the big question is…drum roll, please…how did our titleholders fare at the Miss LA’s Outstanding Teen Pageant? Well, we couldn’t be more proud.

First, let’s talk about Valerie Thomas, Miss Spirit of Ruston’s Outstanding Teen. Not only did she capture a Non-Finalist Talent Award (giving her the opportunity to perform her talent during the finals), she was also voted by her co-contestants as Miss Congeniality.

That tells you something about her. She’s a genuine girl who’s talented and beautiful, too!

Courtney Hammons, Miss Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen 2012

Courtney Hammons, Miss Dixie Gem Peach’s Outstanding Teen 2012

Our organization was also represented by Courtney Hammons, Miss Dixie Gem Peach’s Outstanding Teen. Courtney was awarded the Preliminary Talent award during the afternoon preliminary on Friday and then came back for more with a Preliminary Fitness award that evening! Wow! Read more here.

She finished her 2013 Miss LA Outstanding Teen experience on Saturday night with a selection as a Top 12 finalist. She kept the good luck flowing with a Top 5 spot as well! We were so proud that she was named 3rd Runner-Up.

Justine Ker, left, and Courtney Hammons, right, at the 2013 Miss LA Outstanding Teen Pageant held at ULM's Brown Auditorium.

Miss Dixie Gem Peach OT Courtney Hammons, 3rd Runner-Up + Preliminary Talent and Fitness Winner in the 2013 Miss LA OT Pageant is pictured here with Justine Ker, Miss LA Outstanding Teen 2012.

Both Valerie and Courtney have done a wonderful job representing our organization.

But no matter how they fare at the Miss LA Outstanding Teen pageant, we are proud of the young women they are becoming. They are talented. They are smart. They are improving themselves day-by-day and discovering their destiny.

We are thankful to be one step in their journey.

Congratulations girls!

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