Before she won the title Miss Louisiana 2017 on Saturday (June 24), Laryssa Bonacquisti practiced her skills as a journalist for the LSU Manship School News Service, covering sessions of the Louisiana Legislature. Videos and podcasts by Bonacquisti have appeared on NOLA.com.
It was clear before the Miss Louisiana Pageant began that Bonacquisti was a likely winner. After all, she had already won a preliminary talent contest with her ventriloquism skills Thursday night and the Lifestyle and Fitness (swimsuit) contest Friday.
In the end, Bonacquisti wore the crown, winning out over 32 women age 18 to 24, all of whom had won local pageants in the past. Bonacquisti will go on to represent Louisiana in the Miss America Pageant.
Miss Louisiana 2015 crowns Justine Ker, the winner of Miss Louisiana 2016, with the help of Miss Outstanding Teen Louisiana Sarah Katherine McCallum at the Monroe Civic Center on Saturday, June 25, 2016. (Hannah Baldwin /The News-Star via AP)