Junior wins Miss Northside crown

Sun News correspondentSeptember 25, 2013 

Laura Dominey won the Miss Northside High School title even though she was competing in a pageant for the first time.

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  • Miss Northside pageant awards

    Miss Northside: Laura Dominey
    1st runner up: Brianna Roberson
    2nd runner up: Michaela Heide
    3rd runner up: Taylor McClendon
    4th runner up: Melanie Wood
    Top 10: Krista Lavender, JoyNaya Foster, Jennifer Carter, Laura Dominey, Melanie Wood, Michaela Heide, Hannah Broeils, Brianna Roberson, Paige Ringer and Taylor McClendon
    Miss Congeniality: Nicole Neumark
    Academic award: Alexia Jackson
    Interview award: Laura Dominey
    Application award: Laura Dominey, Jennifer Carter (tie)
    Informal wear award: Taylor McClendon, Laura Dominey (tie)
    Formal wear award: Melanie Wood
    1st place talent: Michaela Heide
    2nd place talent: Laura Dominey
    3rd place talent: Brianna Roberson

Laura Dominey was crowned Miss Northside High School on Friday night in the pageant held at the Ray Horne Theater. It was the 50th anniversary of the Miss Northside pageant.

A junior competing in her first pageant ever, Dominey is a member of the Thespian Troupe, Beta Club, Math Club and Junior Optimist Octagon International.

She was encouraged to compete in the pageant by her best friend, the outgoing Miss Northside High School, Olivia McMillan.

“I also thought I would be a great candidate because I have an eclectic personality,” Dominey said. “I fit in with more than one group at Northside High School. I am someone that is well known and someone that is a good influence on other students.”

This year’s informal wear had a “Back to the Future” theme with contestants wearing outfits that represented different decades.

Dominey dressed as a hippie, which she felt fit her personality perfectly.

“I am all about peace and love. I am a tree-hugger,” said Dominey.

Her talent was a song and a skit for which she won the second place talent award. She also won preliminary awards in application, interview and informal wear.

After those preliminary wins, the thought crossed her mind on stage while waiting for the runners up and winners to be announced that she might win.

“I was shaking. I kept thinking, ‘my best friend might crown me tonight.’”

Dominey said participating in the 50th anniversary of the Miss Northside pageant came with a lot of pressure.

“Most of the previous queens were there, so you were competing in front of almost 50 pageant winners. It made it that much more special though,” Dominey said.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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