segunda-feira, 30 de setembro de 2013
Miss America Louisiana 2014 Jaden Leach
The day after being crowned Miss Louisiana 2013, Jaden Leach said her new title is starting to sink in. “I woke up this morning and went ‘Is this real?’ And I got up and I looked and my crown was sitting by my bed, and I thought ‘Wow, this is actually happening to me,’” Leach, of West Monroe, said Sunday. “I could not be happier or more excited.” Leach, 21, was crowned Saturday night at the Monroe Civic Center by her predecessor Miss Louisiana 2012 Lauren Vizza. Leach, who just completed her junior year as a political science major at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, said she will take a year off from school so she can begin her full-time job as Miss Louisiana. Leach celebrated with family and friends Saturday evening. She also went home to relive the moment she had dreamed about for years. “Shortly after, I went back to my home and I immediately went into our TV room and turned it on and watched my crowning moment,” she said with a laugh. “I had imagined this moment for forever. I have watched so many YouTube videos of people being crowned, and to experience that moment is so indescribable, so I couldn’t wait to get home and watch mine.”Now Leach will start preparing for the Miss America Pageant, which will be held in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 15. Leach said she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in the national pageant. “I want to be the first Miss Louisiana to bring the Miss America crown home to Louisiana,” she said. “However, if that’s not God’s plan for me, I know that the next 10 months as Miss Louisiana will be very beneficial. I know I can spread my platform, Children at Risk, along with the national platform, Children’s Miracle Network, all across the state.” Leach was awarded the Children’s Miracle Maker Award during the pageant for having raised the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network, the national platform Miss America endorses. She raised more than $12,000. Her personal platform — Children at Risk — encourages children with learning disabilities to focus on their strengths and passions.