CROWLEY – The 2008 Miss Crowley Pageants were held at the Rice Theater on Saturday night. With a full house watching and cheering, each contestant was formally introduced and the excitement had begun. The anticipation among the crowd was relevant to all.
Miss Alana Immel, sponsored by The Ballroom of Crowley, was crowned as the newest ambassador to the Rice Capital of America, Miss Crowley 2008 by 2007 winner Katherine Miller. She will serve as the City of Crowley’s Ambassador to the 2009 International Rice Festival. Alana is the 18 year old daughter of Alexa and Peter John of Crowley and Jeff and Rachel Immel. She is a recent graduate of Westminister Christian Academy and plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she will pursue a degree in graphics design. Her court included first runner up Christiana Goff who was sponsored by Acadia Abstract and who will be representing the City of Crowley at the upcoming Rayne Frog Festival, and second runner up Julia Maynard who was sponsored by Sheriff Wayne Melancon and who will be representing the City of Crowley at the upcoming Duck Festival.
Taking the crown as Teen Miss Crowley 2008 was Kayla Kebodeaux who was sponsored by Kim Hayes, Candidate for City Judge. Being crowned by 2007 Teen Miss Crowley, Amber Stewart. Kayla is the daughter of Larry and Connie Kebodeaux. First runner up for this year’s pageant in the Teen Division was Kathleen Cormier who was sponsored by St. Martin Bank and Trust.
Crowned as Junior Miss Crowley for the 2008 term was Kaleigh Credeur. She was crowned by the 2007 winner, Alyson Kratzer. Her sponsor for the evening was Acadiana Smiles. She is the 13 year old daughter of Randall and Tara Credeur. She is a student at Redemptorist Catholic. Her court included first runner up Carlie Lormand, sponsored by Total Lawn Management; and second runner up was Haley Spell, sponsored by M’Elise Trahan, Candidate for City Judge.
In addition to the crowning of the newest royalty, there were also awards given for Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic, Top Ad Seller and a $800.00 scholarship in the Miss Division. Miss Congeniality for the Junior Division was Haley Spell, taking the honor in the Teen Division was Gabrille Istre and Laura Childress received the award among the Miss Contestants. Miss Childress was also the recipient of the 2008 Scholarship. Claiming the title of Miss Photogenic among the Junior contestants was Kaleigh Credeur, Kayla Kebodeaux was chosen within the Teen Division and award with the Miss Photogenic title from the Miss Crowley contestants was Christana Goff. As a newly added feature in the Miss Crowley Pageant, the girls were asked to sell Ads. Recognized as the Top Ad Seller among the contestants was Kathleen Cormier from the Teen category.
This exciting evening was emceed by Barry Primeaux and Tracy Wirtz. Mayor Greg Jones as well as the 72nd International Rice Festival President, Blane Faulk gave remarks on the pageant.
Also on hand to congratulate the 2008 Queens were past Miss Crowley title holders and visiting queens from Louisiana’s Fairs and Festivals.
Shortly before the crowning of the new royalty, 2007 Miss Crowley, Katherine Miller, offered a farewell speech and gave thanks to many deserving people that helped her to carry out her duties as Miss Crowley in the past year. Miss Miller was presented with the Key to the City by Mayor Greg Jones.
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 and Acadiana Smiles.
Other contestants competing in the Junior Division were Payton Istre sponsored by P&J Auto and Heavy Truck Repair; and Sherry Daigle sponsored by Philben Farms.
Those young ladies also competing in the Teen Division were Gabrielle Istre sponsored by Fezzo’s Seafood and Steakhouse; and Ashley Broussard, representing First National Bank.
Also competing in the Miss Division were Laura Childress sponsored by Crowley Flower Shop; Olivia LeJeune being sponsored by Iberia Bank; and Lauren Leger, representing Health Works.
The ladies began their day with interviews which were held at the home of Ruthie Piron, 2008 pageant chairperson; and hosted by the Crowley Professional Women’s Club, who are in their 72nd year of sponsoring the pageants.
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.
Ruthie Piron, chairperson of the 2008 pageant, along with all members of the Crowley Professional Women’s Club wish to show their appreciation to everyone who made this year’s pageant a success.