This year is a little different because its a bittersweet after attending West Virginia USA 3 years in a row hoping Charisse Haislop win as Miss West Virginia. She did as Miss West Virginia USA 2014. I am back to see her giving up her crown to Miss West Virginia 2015. She did an amazing job, and I am so proud of her. Miss West Virginia USA 2015 would have a big shoe to fill in after Charisse.
This year was great to attend the show without being nervous wreck or having my girls compete for the title as Miss West Virginia and Miss West Virginia Teen USA. It was more of mingling with old friends and making new friends.
As for Teen, I fell in love with Cora King who is currently Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2015 after meeting her at preliminary night. I had a chance to meet new girls: Cora King, Morgan Smith, and Katie Riedel. I kept my eyes on a few girls on the stage at preliminary night: Cora, Bree, Morgan and a few others. This year, they have really good teens for Miss West Virginia Teen USA. Nobody can replace Lexsey Marrara, Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2014 who I adore very much. I got to know her and her family through the year and personal became friends and consider them one of pageant families. Marrara family are fantastic! As for Miss;
I had a chance to meet Marlisa Lake, and Nichole Greene (I have judged for Strawberry Festival and she won for that title). Marlisa Lake has that look for Miss Universe. She can easily pass as Miss Universe someday. It would be great to see her win the crown.
When I saw the preliminary, I knew Cora King will go that far and I have mentioned to a few people about her being in top 5 and watch for her. Of course, they didn’t listen to my “expert” observation and guts. When she was in top 5, I knew its gonna be her to win the crown. After the show, people come up to me and said, “ you’re right about her. wow!” I don’t say promise often, but watch out this girl at Miss Teen USA 2015.
As for 4 out of 5 for Miss West Virginia USA that I predict to be in top 5. Its not bad! However, they had great top 5 that I couldn’t complain all girls who competed did an outstanding job.
As for 3 out of 5 for Miss West Virginia Teen USA that I predict as for top 5. However, I was surprised to not see Morgan Smith there and Cassy Trickett because of the history repeat of WV Three River usually make in top 5 at the states. But I am surprised that she didn’t make in top 5, first time in the history for WV Three Festival.
Evening gowns is my favorite part of the whole competition. I love evening gown for Teen: Laura DeCosta – I will not be surprised if girls would wear similar to hers.
Cora King – I usually don’t like the two pieces, but on her it looked impeccable and unique that stand out with her sleek dress that makes her like model-equese. I love Nichole Greene’s customize dress from Sherri Hill I have never seen that in pageantry. Its gorgeous black velvet with sequins of silver on the side of the dress. That can pass for Red carpet events. Deb Shaprio always have perfect wardrobe for her girls. Thats something that I have always look forward to see what the girls wear because of Deb. Red lace dress that “hotmiami” have in shorter dress version, but hers is longer that looks good on Marlisa Lake. Red can’t go wrong on any girls because it has been becoming HOT and popular for competitions.
I am hoping to see a few girls come back next year because I know one of them will win the titles.
Charisse Haislop and Andrea Munico are the beauty queens for WV Three River Festivals and they won the titles. We should see if there will be a repeat for 2016 from WV Three River Festival.
Congratulations to Andrea Munico as Miss West Virginia USA 2015 and Cora King, Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2015.