Warren, McLaughlin crowned at Miss Douglas County Scholarship Pageant

Six contestants vie for the crown at the 2016 Miss Douglas County Scholarship Pageant. (KPIC photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The crown and sash of Miss Douglas County and Douglas County's Outstanding Teen belong to new titleholders.

With no previous experience, two young ladies from Douglas County made it look easy when they were crowned pageant winners Saturday night UCC's Jacoby Auditorium.

"I was incredibly surprised because I've never done anything like this before," says newly crowned Miss Douglas County's Outstanding Teen Shenna McLaughlin. "This is my first year competing, so I don't know what the judges are looking for or what they're not."

"I didn't know that I was ever going to do this program and my best friend Cassidy talked me into it and I'm so excited that I did," says Miss Douglas County 2016 Raechel Warren. "It was so great to meet all of these girls and to be able to promote my platform of roller skating and perform that talent for everyone."

The contestants wore a variety of outfits to compete in the five categories of the competition.

They had about two minutes to prepare for each performance.

The winners admit that, with the backstage momentum, facing the judges onstage was nerve-racking.

"When I was walking in for my evening gown and I tripped on my dress and I hope they didn't see it but I think they probably did," recalls McLaughlin.

"The nerve-racking part to me was on-stage question, because you never know what you're going to get," says Warren.

McLaughlin won a $2,500 scholarship and a free term of tuition at Umpqua Community College.

Warren won a combined total of $13,000 in scholarships.

Both title holders will go on to compete in their age groups at Miss Oregon for a chance to compete at the Miss America pageant.

You can learn more about the program at the Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program Facebook page.

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