Preliminary Competitions Wow the Crowd in the Pageants New Hometown

The beginning of a new chapter in the Miss Florida Pageant and Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen Pageant began this evening as the Lakeland Center’s Youkey Theater hosted the opening night of the 2016 Miss Florida Pageant.

This year marks the 81st Miss Florida Pageant and for the first time in the event’s history the Pageant will be held in Lakeland, the Pageant’s new home. The Miss Florida Pageant is a preliminary competition to the Miss America Pageant which is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of nation’s largest achievement programs. This year’s pageant title will be contested by 48 participants from throughout the state, with the winner representing Florida at the 2016 Miss America Pageant. The Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen program features young ladies between the ages of 13 and 17 competing for the honor of representing the Sunshine State at the 2017 Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando. 

Tuesday, June 28 - Miss Florida Preliminary Competition Results

Lifestyle, Fitness and Swimsuit:

Miss Orlando, Courtney Sexton from Starke, FL

Talent - (2) TIE

Miss University of Florida, Savannah Judkins from Fort Walton Beach, FL

Miss Orange County, Taylor Tyson from Jupiter Florida

Preliminary Quality of Life Finalists (6)

Miss Winter Park, Victoria Humphrey from Palm Harbor, FL

Miss Florida Everglades, Amber Dawn Butler from Miami, FL

Miss Orlando, Courtney Sexton from Starke, FL

Miss Florida Sunshine, Katy Sartain from Dade City, FL

Miss Miami Beach, Kayla Foriere from Jupiter, FL

Miss Duval County, Kelly Savage from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Preliminary Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Finalists (6)

Miss Suncoast, Brittany Johnson from Warner Robins, GA

Miss Florida Sunshine, Katy Sartain from Dade City, FL

Miss Winter Park, Victoria Humphrey from Palm Harbor, FL

Miss St. Petersburg, Austi Critchfield from Clearwater, FL

Miss Florida Everglades, Amber Dawn Butler from Miami, FL

Miss South Florida, Lexie George from Oviedo, FL

2016 Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant Schedule of Events

June 28, 29 and 30 - Miss Florida Pageant Preliminary Competitions 

Each Evening beginning at 7:30 p.m.

July 1 - Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen Preliminary Competitions

4:00 p.m.

July 2 - Finals

Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen Pageant - 4:00 p.m. Miss Florida Pageant - 8:00 p.m.