A 19-year-old Umpqua Community College student won her second Miss Douglas County title Saturday, duplicating her feat from 2011.
Brooke Painter, also a former Central Douglas County Junior Miss, was crowned the 2013 Miss Douglas County at the annual pageant at UCC’s Jacoby Auditorium
Roseburg High School student Hannah Truitt was named Miss Umpqua Valley.
Both will compete in the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant in Seaside in June. They were chosen from among 13 contestants for the top awards.
Truitt, 17, also won the talent competition for a gymnastics routine she said was inspired by the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11, which talks about God’s plan to make his people prosper.
Painter won the interview portion of the competition and was voted both People’s Choice and Miss Congeniality. She was Central Douglas County Junior Miss in 2010.
Both women were clear crowd favorites, earning loud cheers each time they went on stage.
Painter performed a traditional Tahitian hula dance.
She was modest about her win.
“You never know what’s going to happen. Any of these girls could have gotten the title,” she said. “I’m glad I was chosen.”
Truitt expressed surprise and happiness about her win.
“It is absolutely unreal is all I can say. I’m really blessed to have this opportunity,” she said.
Truitt and Painter each received more than $13,000 in scholarships. Painter plans to double major in sports marketing and media communications. The platform issue she represents is the power of positive role models. Truitt wants to study exercise science at Oregon State University. Her platform issue is clothing the community.
Contestants displayed a variety of talents Saturday night. Instrumentalists included Lane Community College student Brittany Deedon, 22, who played “Serenity of the Heart” on piano, and Sutherlin High School student Brittany Spelgatti, 17, who played “Amazing Grace” on the flute.
Two of the more creative performances were given by two 17-year-old Roseburg High School students. Alexsis Hundley-Kennaday finished a painting in minutes, and Rosa Leifeste performed a dance on roller skates.
Contestants also gave on-stage answers to questions and performed in evening gown and swimsuit competitions.
The evening also featured performances by Miss Oregon Nichole Mead, 2012 Miss Douglas County Ashley Dombrowski and 2012 Miss Umpqua Valley Elizabeth Denny.
Other winners Saturday night included first runner-up Shawnee Garza, a 19-year-old Umpqua Community College student who performed a Bollywood-style dance to a tune from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire.” She will step in if either winner is unable to fill out her term.
Second runner-up was Taylor Irwin, a 17-year-old Roseburg High School senior. Deedon was third runner-up and winner of the community service award. She also won the Build Your Own Scholarship Award, taking away $3,400 in scholarship money she earned raising funds for the pageant.
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