Miss Southwest Florida 2013 & Miss Southwest Florida Outstanding Teen 2013 crowned
NAPLES, Fla. - ln a packed house and amid tears and cheers, a new Miss Southwest Florida was crowned along with Miss Southwest Florida Outstanding teen.
Fox 4 anchor Patrick Nolan emcee'd the event which took place on Sunday at Hodges University in Naples.
FCGU sophmore Lerato Seane was crowed Miss Southwest Florida 2013.
For the talent portion of the pageant, Lerato lit up the room with a Latin-Ballroom dance version of "Hip Hip, Chin Chin."
Lerato is majoring in health administration at FGCU and hope to be a part of the World Health Organization one day.
The first runner up was Samantha Bonamassa who is in her second year at the Ave Maria School of Law. And the second runner up was Mary Matthews.
14 year-old Tatiana DaCruz, of Marco Island, was crowed Miss Southwest Florida Outstanding Teen 2013. For the talent portion of the pageant, she danced a jive to the country song "Girls Gone Wild."
The first runner-up in the Teen category was LaBelle High School student Abby Arnold and the second runner up was Christina Crowley.
The other contestants in the Outstanding Teen division were Davis Vertin, Mattie Zwerin, Natalie Trevino and Emily Burke.
The other contestants in the Miss Southwest Florida division were Susana Calera and Marissa Weiley.
The winners will go on to compete in the state pageants. And, if they win there, they will go on to compete nationally in Miss America and Miss America Outstanding Teen.
Edison State College student, Susana Calera, was named the winner of the Miss America Four Point Crown award which is given for the contestant who represents the four points of the crown - Service, Scholarship, Success and Style.
And Davis Vertin was named winner of the Four Point Crown Award in the Outstanding Teen category.
The event also featured a farewell speech from the 2012 Miss Southwest Florida, Caroline Kay Dixon.
Photographer, Christine Vertin, of vertinphoto.com, provided Fox 4 with the pageant pictures which aired on Fox 4 News.