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Friday June 12th, 2015

Posted at 10:02am

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Young women walked across the LaSalle Strawberry Festival stage Thursday evening with hopes to get a chance to wear the Miss LaSalle crown.

Miss LaSalle 2014 Hailey Trealout has put her crown down and passed the torch to pageant winner Amanda Eak, who had not previously ever participated in a pageant.

“I am very, very overwhelmed … I was doing it just because I needed to do something different, I needed to get out of my comfort zone and this is exactly what I needed so I’m so overwhelmed, I can’t even put it into words,” said Eak. “It was really great, the girls are such great girls and I’ve really gotten to love them and the experience is incredible. It’s something every girl should do for sure, it’s a great experience, I loved it.”

Since being crowned Miss LaSalle 2014, Trealout has made a number of influences in her community, the most influential perhaps being her True Reflections movement which focuses on teaching people to believe in their inner beauty.

“It’s sad but it’s exciting at the same time,” said Trealout. “I’m really excited for Amanda, she did amazing tonight. I was trying really hard not to cry but I know that it’s going to be an amazing adventure for her and giving this opportunity to somebody else is the biggest honor for me.”

While Eak is unsure what her time as Miss LaSalle 2015 will hold, she will strive to better her community and be a role model for young girls across the county.

Pageant Results:

Miss LaSalle 2015: Amanda Eak
First Runner Up Miss LaSalle: Chelsea Lefler
Second Runner Up Miss LaSalle: Karly Robinson

Miss Talent: Amanda Eak
Miss Photogenic: Karly Robinson
Miss Congeniality: Bianca Corio

Junior Miss LaSalle 2015: Olivia
First Runner Up Junior Miss LaSalle: Simone
Second Runner Up Junior Miss LaSalle: Caroline

Little Miss Strawberry: Elizabeth
First Runner Up Little Miss Strawberry: Rylee
Second Runner Up Little Miss Strawberry: Julia

Miss LaSalle 2014, Hailey Trealout, MC’s the 2015 pageant.

Miss LaSalle 2015 candidates wait for the pageant to begin.

Miss LaSalle 2014, Hailey Trealout, takes a final walk across the stage before announcing the 2015 pageant winner.

From left to right, Second Runner Up, Karly Robinson; Miss LaSalle, Amanda Eak; First Runner Up, Chelsea Lefler.

Miss Strawberry candidates come out onto the LaSalle Strawberry festival stage to perform a dance number as a group.

Miss Strawberry Candidates are interviewed by Miss LaSalle 2014 winner Hailey Trealout.

Little Miss Strawberry, Elizabeth, stands with first runner up, Rylee, and second runner up, Julia.

Miss Junior LaSalle contestants model their gowns on stage.

Hailey Trealout crowns Olivia, Miss Junior LaSalle 2015.

Junior Miss LaSalle 2015, Olivia, stands with first runner up Simone and second runner up Caroline.

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