Three young girls from Zachary — two of them sisters — succeeded in claiming crowns in their respective divisions in the Miss Baton Rouge Pageant on June 20.
All three girls were contestants in the Miss Zachary/ZFest pageant in April, two of them winning in their divisions and one finishing as a runner-up.
Because of their success in the Zachary contest, the girls won entry into the Baton Rouge pageant.
MaryGrace Amorello, 7, the reigning Little Miss Zachary, competed in and won the title of Young Miss Baton Rouge.
She’ll be a second-grader at Rollins Place Elementary School in August.
Her younger sister, Macey Amorello, 4, was first runner-up in the Princess division at the Miss Zachary pageant but won the title of Petite Miss Baton Rouge.
She’ll be a kindergartner at Northwestern Elementary School.
Their parents are Katie and Joe Amorello Jr.
“It was a proud mommy moment,” Katie Amorello said about her daughters’ wins. “We always say a prayer for everyone involved in the pageant. They love to smile and walk on stage but know that pageants are for dress-up and to have a good time. I never want them to think they have to win — just want them to enjoy being little girls who like to play dress-up.”
The Zachary and Baton Rouge pageants were not the first for the siblings. They’ve participated for several years in the Miss Zachary pageants as well as in Miss VFW, which they both won in their divisions in 2013.
The sisters cheer for Zachary Cheer Academy, are both on the swim team at Fennwood Country Club and are active members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Katie Amorello said her daughters love the outdoors and spending time with family.
As the Zachary Advocate and Plainsman previously reported, 12-year-old Nalon Soileau, of Zachary, a soon-to-be seventh-grader at Bethany Christian School, won the Pre-teen Miss Baton Rouge title.
She is the reigning 2015-16 Miss Zachary Pre-teen as well.
The former Copper Mill Elementary student is the daughter of Jessica Soileau.
“Miss Zachary/ZFest girls did great in the Miss Baton Rouge pageant and represented our community well. We’re extremely proud of all three girls,” Zachary Chamber of Commerce Director Heather Prejean said.