Miss Central Texas 2017 crowned

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MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) Central Texas has a new queen.

Makayla Curry has been crowned Miss Central Texas 2017.

Curry, a Junior at Bremond High School, beat out 12 other young ladies vying for the title Saturday night at the Miss Central Texas Pageant at Marlin High School.

The annual pageant is hosted by Alpha Kappa Sigma sorority, which awarded more than $2,500 in scholarships and prizes to the contestants.

The winner, Curry, received a $1,000 college scholarship, crown, sash, and a prize package.

The first-runner up, Cate McClintock of Riesel High School, received the $750 Jessica Tilton Yezak Memorial Scholarship,

The second-runner up, Bonnie Swinnea of Bremond High School, received a $500 scholarship, the third-runner up, Jacie Ehlers of Riesel High School, received a $250 scholarship, and fourth-runner up, Kennedy Doskocil of Rosebud-Lott High School, received a $100 scholarship and Miss Photogenic.

Other contestants included Kodi Kluck of Riesel High School, Kasey Aleman of Rosebud-Lott High School, Madison Fikes of Rosebud-Lott High School, Britnee Hamilton of Riesel High School, Destanie Hill of Riesel High School, Montana Childre of Rosebud-Lott High School who won People's Choice, Whitney Aleman of Rosebud-Lott High School, and Brooklynne Wilde of Rogers High School.

All contestants are required to live in and/or be enrolled in a school located in Bell, Falls, Limestone, Robertson, or McLennan Counties.

They were also required to attend a summer workshop to learn interview, modeling, and etiquette skills in addition to proper skincare, makeup and hair styling techniques.

Finally, the contestants also had to take part in a mentorship program where they are each assigned a Central Texas Princess, a girl aged six to nine-years-old, who will accompany them during their reign if they should win.

The girls did pre-show interviews with a panel of five esteemed, local judges including PJae Stanley, Stephen Hodge, Jamie Gobel, Wesley Walker, and Jason Stanley.

The scores from those interviews were combined with the Spirit Wear competition, where contestants were asked to wear an outfit or uniform representative of their school pride, and the Evening Wear competition.

The top five finalists were then asked on-stage questions from the judges by the master of ceremonies, KWTX reporter/anchor Rissa Shaw.

Curry had the highest overall score.

Her reign will last until the next Miss Central Texas is crowned in 2018.

Curry was crowned by AKS officer and former pageant queen Byrleen Terry and Miss Central Texas 2016, Gracie Tate, from Lorena High School.

She is the daughter of Heath and Stacy Curry.