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Miss Lynchburg Courtney Garrett earned a $1,000 scholarship at Thursday's event.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Miss Lynchburg Courtney Garrett was the judges’ favorite Thursday at the Miss Virginia preliminary competition, where she took home the $1,000 Margaret Baker Foundation Scholarship.
Garrett, of Pamplin, won the talent portion of the competition, which makes up 35 percent of the contestants’ scores .
She performed “Caruso”, which was written by Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla and made famous by singer Josh Groban.
Miss Apple Blossom Festival Victoria Maiden took home a $500 scholarship for the preliminary fitness and swimsuit round, which makes up 15 percent of the score.
The contestants also took part in 20-second on-stage interviews led by returning master of ceremonies Bobbie Eakes, which make up 5 percent of the score.
Questions concerned each of the contestants’ platforms. Garrett’s platform is about recognizing and accepting a person’s disabilities, while Maiden’s focuses on overcoming obstacles in a person’s life.
The preliminary competition featured performances by Eakes and co-host Walt Willey and appearances by current and former Miss Virginia winners.
The event also teased an upcoming performance by Caressa Cameron, Miss Virginia 2010, which director Mark Schreier said will make national headlines.
Along with the Miss Virginia contestants, the Miss Virginia Teen and Preteen girls also appeared. Miss Virginia Preteen 2012 Samariah Cordew also sang at the competition.
The night was rounded out by dancing performances, the evening wear round and a look back at the life of the reigning Miss Virginia, Rosemary Willis.
The show also honored past Miss Virginia winners who passed away this year, including Susan Parker Potter who died last month.