Local Teen to Compete in Miss Louisiana Pageant

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Tori Close, Miss Spirit of Caddo, will compete in the Miss Louisiana Pageant this month.  Tori, 19, is a 2008 graduate of Alexandria Senior High School and is currently a speech education major at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. Tori will compete in interview, on stage question, swimwear, evening gown and talent where she will sing, “On My Own,” from the Broadway musical, “Les Miserables.”  The pageant will be held in Monroe, Louisiana with the preliminaries on June 24th – 25th and the televised finals on Saturday, June 26th.  The winner will compete in the Miss America competition.

Tori has partnered with the American Cancer Society to promote her platform, “Save Your Skin.” Tori’s platform is to inform teenagers and adults on the dangers of sun exposure.  Tori developed the “ABC- Save Your Skin” concept to help people remember the dangers of excessive sunlight.

A – Avoid Tanning Beds

B – Beware of the Sun

C – Cover Your Skin with Sunscreen, Hats and Sunglasses

Also, sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 needs to be applied to exposed areas especially the face, neck, ears and chest, and re-applied every 2 hours.  Finally, try to avoid the sun between the hours of 11:00am and 4:00pm when the ultraviolet rays are most intense.  Tori helped raise over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society

through Relay for Life and several other cancer awareness fundraisers.

Tori has volunteered for many community service events including Miss America’s philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network.  Her two Fleur de Lis Princesses, Katelyn

Walters and Grace Renois, will appear with Tori at the Miss Louisiana Pageant. To get in touch with Tori to make an appearance at an event, email her at VCL001@latech.edu.