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Courtney Garrett crowned Miss Virginia

Miss Virginia 2014 Courtney Garrett
Miss Virginia 2014 Courtney Garrett
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Courtney Garrett will represent Virginia at the 2015 Miss America Pageant. She was crowned Miss Virginia 2014 on Saturday following three days of pageantry in Roanoke.

Also finishing in the top five at the pageant were 4th Runner-Up Veronica Robertson, 3rd Runner-Up Victoria Maiden, 2nd Runner-Up Elizabeth Martin, and 1st Runner-Up Savannah Lane.

A new Miss America will be crowned on Sept. 14. The final night of pageantry and crowning of the new Miss America will be broadcast live from Atlantic City for East Coast viewers. A tape-delayed broadcast will be aired for West Coast viewers.

Garrett, 21, competed in the Miss Virginia Pageant as Miss State Fair. She is from Pamplin, Virginia and is a graduate student at Liberty University, where she studies business.

If she is crowned Miss America, she will become the fourth state titleholder from Virginia to win the national pageant. Previous Miss America winners include Miss Virginia 2010 Caressa Cameron, Miss Virginia 1999 Nicole Johnson, and Miss Virginia 1979 Kylene Barker.

Also on Saturday, Casey Shepard was crowned Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen 2014.

Shepard will travel to Orlando, Florida later this month to represent Virginia in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant.

The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition within the Miss America Organization. Contestants are ages 13-17.

Like Miss America contestants, the teens compete for scholarships in talent, interview and evening gown presentations. Instead of a swimsuit competition, the teens compete in active wear.

Shepart entered the pageant as Miss Apple Blossom’s Outstanding Teen.

In a separate competition, Emily Kinsey was crowned Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Preteen 2014. She entered the pageant as Miss Apple Blossom’s Outstanding Preteen.

The pageant is for girls ages 9-12 years. Winning contestants do not compete at the national level, but do attend a Teens in Training conference during the Miss America’s Oustanding Teen Pageant.

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