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Miss Teen Louisiana 2001
Miss Teen Louisiana 2001
Courtney Haynes of West Monroe, Louisiana, was crowned
"Miss Teen Louisiana 2001" in the state pageant
finals held June 30 in Ruston, Louisiana. Courtney is
the 16 year old daughter of David and Jackie Haynes of
West Monroe. She was 2002 Children's Mardi Gras Parade
Grand Marshall in 2002. Fifteen young women from around
the state competed for the title. Haynes won the talent
award with her vocal rendition of "Stormy Weather."
She was also the preliminary swimsuit winner.
Haynes won a variety of prizes, scholarships and over
$2500 in cash. She traveled the state promoting her platform
"HERO INSIDE" which was directed to elementary
school students as they prepared to move into the junior
high/middle school level. The program was designed to
instill self-esteem and confidence in young students as
they face the physical, emotional and social changes of
the teen years. "HERO INSIDE" encouraged students
to make right choices as they look for the "hero"
Haynes also represented Louisiana teens as she appeared,
spoke and entertained at fairs, festivals, conventions,
pageants, and events throughout the state.
Other award winners were: Erin Husbands, Marksville (1st
Runner-Up); Natalie Berlin, Shreveport (2nd Runner-Up);
Sarah Smith, Shreveport (3rd Runner-Up); and Maridith
Hollis, Ruston (4th Runner-Up). Husbands and Smith were
co-interview award winners while Hollis tied Haynes for
the Talent award.
This was Haynes' second year to compete in the Miss Teen
Louisiana-America system. The system is conducted by local
Miss America-system local franchise holders and is modeled
after the Miss America Pageant. The system emphasizes
scholarships and community service. Thousands of dollars
are awarded to runners-up and award winners. Community
service is encouraged through the platform issue where
a contestant is required to research, speak, promote and
participate in a critical issue area of her choosing.
After crowning, this "platform issue" becomes
her focal point as she travels the state.
Like the Miss America system, Teen Louisiana contestants
compete in four categories: Interview (30%), Talent (40%),
Swimsuit (15%), and Evening Wear (15%).
Many former Teen Louisiana titleholders have gone on to
rank well in later Miss Louisiana competitions. The newly
crowned 2001 Miss Louisiana, Katie Guyton, is a former
Teen Louisiana titleholder and four of the 2001 Miss Louisiana
"Top Ten" were former Teen Louisiana participants.
The 2001 Teen Louisiana titleholder is a junior honor
student at West Monroe High School. She was twice elected
class president and is active in student government.
Haynes has been featured entertainer for the Miss Louisiana-America
Pageant as well as the Miss Louisiana USA, Miss South
Carolina USA and Miss North Carolina USA pageant productions.
She has appeared on the annual Cerebral Palsey Telethon
and is a frequent entertainer at charity, civic and religious
events around the state.
This Teen Louisiana titleholder is well-known for her
association with the Monroe Little Theatre where she was
'Scout' in 'To Kill A Mockingbird" (age six); 'Cinderella'
in the musical adaptation of "Cinderella" (age
13); and 'Esther' in the 2000 musical production of "Meet
Me In St. Louis" for which she won a Best Actress
Award. In addition, Courtney Haynes played the lead in
the 1994 Cottonland Christmas musical "Annie"
which boasted 40 performances and raised over $40,000
for the Little Theatre.
Haynes was a Junior Vocalist champion on Ed McMahon's
nationally televised "Star Search" in 1994 when
she was nine years old. She won singing the vocal
selection "I'll Be There" made popular by Michael
Jackson and re-recorded by Mariah Carey.
Haynes plans to pursue a career as a professional entertainer.
She would also like to graduate from a major four-year
university with a degree in entertainment law or broadcast