Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Gracie Reichman crowned Miss Louisiana 2022
Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Gracie Reichman was crowned Miss Louisiana 2022 on Saturday night at the W.L. "Jack" Howard Theatre in Monroe.
Reichman, of Colfax, is an incoming senior at Louisiana Tech University majoring in kinesiology and health sciences with a focus on sports medicine.
She's been competing with the Miss Louisiana Organization since the age of 12.
Reichman initially was part of the Fleur de Lis Princess program, an initiative that pairs young girls with Miss Louisiana contestants for mentoring to build confidence with skills like public performance and speaking.
She planned to compete as an older teen when "one of the most influential people in my life" said she should try at a preliminary event in Lafayette to get a feel for it.
"Well, God knew what he was doing and I won," she said.
Reichman competed at the Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen level for the first time at 13. Reichman said it was "the start of a wonderful journey."
She competed at that level for five years and won the state title in 2018.
In 2021, she was second runner-up to Miss Louisiana.
"It's been a wild ride, that's for sure," she laughed.
Reichman won talent on the first night of preliminaries clogging to “Blue Suede Shoes."
She said the routine was choreographed by her older sister, who didn't hold back on the difficult moves, and was in honor of her whole family.
"I've been clogging ever since I can remember. It's really a special thing because it's something that my family has taught me to do," she said. She took lessons from her aunt, but it's something everyone can do — even if her brother is loathe to admit his skill.
"I would not be who I am today, and especially not the clogger I am today without them pouring into me, so it's very special."
Preliminaries Night 2:Here are the winners
Other award winners
Miss Northwestern Lady of the Bracelet Makenzie Scroggs received a $5,000 scholarship as first runner-up. Miss Belle of the D'Arbonne Jourdan Waddell will get a $4,000 scholarship as second-runner up. Miss Minden Anna Claire Lemoine will get a $3,000 for being third runner-up, and Miss Dixie Stockshow McKenzie Connelly was fourth-runner up and will get a $2,500 scholarship.
Other Top 10 contestants included:
- Miss Capital City Erin Rogers
- Miss University of Louisiana Monroe Asja Jordan
- Miss Heart of Pilot Rebecca Wheelis
- Miss Red River City Lily Gayle
- Miss Louisiana Port City Anna-Katherine Thompson
Non-finalist talent winners included Miss Spirit of the Red Grace Powell and Miss Louisiana Tech University Sydney Gant.
Miss Monroe Ryia Williams won Miss Congeniality, and Miss University of Louisiana Monroe Asja Jordan won the Vantage Healthy Living Award.
Night 1 preliminaries::Here are the winners
As in previous years, candidates could win the talent or red carpet preliminaries.
This year, the 16 first-time contenders could also win Alpha awards for being the best newcomer in the field during preliminary nights. That person might also have the best overall score, so two to four people could walk away with wins each evening.
On the first night of preliminaries, Reichman won the talent; the award comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Gant was the Alpha talent winner with her vocal rendition of "At Last." She received a $500 scholarship.
Scroggs won the red carpet portion and a $500 scholarship. Lemoine was the Alpha red carpet winner of a $250 scholarship.
On the second night of preliminaries, Powell won the talent portion singing "I Have Nothing." The award comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Lemoine was the Alpha talent winner with a jazz dance to "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That." She received a $500 scholarship.
Reichman won the red carpet portion and a $500 scholarship. Miss Spirit of Fasching Courtney Patterson was the Alpha red carpet winner of a $250 scholarship.
The Miss Louisiana Organization is part of the Miss America Organization, which is the the No. 1 provider of scholarships for women in the world. The state organization will award over $60,500 in cash scholarships this year and more than $300,000 in in-kind scholarships being made available.
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