UPDATED: Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 1:07pm
Dallas, TX: The 79th Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant(www.misstexas.org) celebrated the first night of competition at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX. Miss Texas 2013, Ivana Hall, will crown this year's Miss Texas at the Saturday night, July 5th ceremony beginning at 7:00PM. Former Miss Texas Gloria Barron will share the stage with the 102 titleholders. The Miss Texas Pageant competition is open to the public and will be held in the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson, TX 75082. Tickets are available online at www.eisemanncenter.com.
Winners of the first night of competition were:
Overall Fitness: Miss Lake Worth, Nicole Shaw
Alpha Fitness: Miss Lake Worth, Nicole Shaw
Overall Talent: Miss DFW, Kelsey Conrad
Alpha Talent: Miss Ellis County, Caroline Carothers
Overall Fitness: Miss Waco, Kolby Kayworth
Alpha Fitness: Miss Waco, Kolby Kayworth
Overall Talent: Miss Texarkana, Christina Davis
Alpha Talent : Miss Texarkana, Christina Davis
The 52 Miss Texas contestants and the 50 Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen contestants compete in the following categories: private interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening gown and onstage question. The winner of the Miss Texas 2014 title will compete for Miss America held in September in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2014 will compete for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen in August in Orlando, Florida.
Dillard's and Jessica Simpson are giving each contestant a pair of shoes and Skechers is donating fitness apparel and shoes to each of the Teens. Grubbs Infiniti provides Miss Texas with an Infiniti to drive throughout her reign. Other official sponsors include: The Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel, Christian Dior, Liland's Special Events, bluedoor studios, Blaine's, Artistic Awards and Shimmer.
Miss Texas 2014 will receive a $10,000 cash scholarship, in addition to the use of an Infiniti from Grubbs Infiniti and an apartment. Founded in 1936 to provide higher education scholarships for women, the Miss Texas Organization continues to promotes personal and professional opportunities for young Texas women to express their voice in culture, politics and community. For additional information please visit www.misstexas.org.
Pictured Nicole Shaw, Miss Lake Worth; Caroline Carothers, Miss Ellis County; Kelsey Conrad, Miss DFW; Christine Davis, Texarkana's Outstanding Teen; Kolby Kayworth, Waco's Outstanding Teen