Sara Zeng, 22, of Palm Coast won the 2017 Miss Florida title; Reece Weaver of Jacksonville was crowned as Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen.
It was a lot of glitz, shimmer and sparkle Saturday evening as the RP Funding Center hosted both the 82nd Annual Miss Florida Pageant and the Florida Outstanding Teen pageant.
Miss Heart of Florida Sara Zeng, 22, of Palm Coast won the 2017 Miss Florida title in front of about 2,200 people in the Youkey Theatre as the climax to the nearly three-hour pageant that had started at 7:30 p.m.
On stage, Zeng, a music education major at Florida State University received her crown, sash and a bouquet of roses from the 2016 Miss Florida Courtney Sexton of Starke. Zeng receives a $20,000 cash scholarship for claiming the title.
The crowning moment followed three days of preliminary competitions also held in the Youkey Theatre, at which 46 contestants ages 17 to 24 were judged in fitness and talent, along with an evening wear and on-stage question portion.
Saturday evening, the pageant started with the announcement of the 11 finalists, who again competed in talent, evening wear and answering an on-stage question.
Zeng had performed a Chopin medley on piano and ran on a platform of music matters.
Miss Florida 2017 goes on to compete in the 2017 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 6-10.
Miss Miami Stephanie Almeida was the first runner-up and receives an $8,000 cash scholarship.
Earlier in the evening, Reece Weaver of Jacksonville was crowned as Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen from among 30 contestants ages 13-17.
Weaver had performed a jazz, acro-jazz dance to “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and ran on a platform of fulfilling the childhood dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.
She receives a $1,800 scholarship and a prize package of $5,000 and will represent Florida in the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando next month. The first runner-up Jireh Gerry of Orlando.
Weaver replaces he 2016 Miss Florida Outstanding Teen Anjelica Jones in the role of goodwill ambassador.
Source: News Chief