Gonzales teen advances to state pageant _lowres

Photo provided by Erin Husbands -- McKenzie Nassar, of Gonzales, left, is crowned Miss Louisiana Lagniappe Outstanding Teen on Sept. 20 during the Miss Southern Oaks Scholarship Pageant in Gonzales. At right is Ashley McGowan.

The Crowning Moment’s McKenzie Nassar, of Gonzales, competed in the Miss Southern Oaks Scholarship Pageant in Gonzales on Sept. 20.

She advances to the state pageant April 9-10 in Monroe to compete for Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen title.

The state title holder will represent Louisiana at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant in Orlando, Florida, in August.

Competition included private interview with the judges, talent, physical fitness, onstage question and evening gown. She won overall physical fitness, as well as the title of Miss Louisiana Lagniappe Outstanding Teen.

Nassar’s personal platform is “Helping Our Veterans.” She has traveled throughout the state to meet with elected officials and veterans to raise awareness and funds for homeless vets.