There's a new Miss Destin in town.
Fort Walton Beach High School junior Brooke O'Keefe was crowned Miss Destin 2019 at the annual pageant on Saturday.
Six contestants competed for the title and the chance to represent the community during the annual Destin Fishing Rodeo in October.
The other five contestants were Lauren Adams, Makenzie Coe, Danielle Locht, Khloé Silver and Marlee Tobik.
To kick off the pageant, each of the girls wore two different looks during a fashion show, with clothes provided by The Dressing Room Boutique and Frillseekers Gifts. The contestants then performed a dance routine choreographed by Miss Destin 1997, Angela Firth Hayles, to the Beachboy’s song “Surfin’ USA.”
After a brief intermission, each contestant was introduced during the formal gown presentation. According to her biography, O’Keefe wants to pursue a degree in the medical field. She serves as her school’s student government secretary and treasurer, is a varsity cheerleader, a member of the leadership program at FWBHS and a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society.
The next event involved the contestants choosing a mystery question out of a bowl. O’Keefe drew the question: “What did you last laugh about?” To which she answered, “I love to laugh a lot … being backstage with these contestants, they’ve made me laugh so much, more than I can remember.”
Miss Destin 2018, Ellen Brown, gave a farewell speech and thanked the Destin Fishing Rodeo volunteers for all their hard work. After she graduates from Niceville High School this spring, Brown will be attending Texas Christian University in the fall.
Awards were given out for various accomplishments. Silver, 16, won The Peyton LoCicero Humanitarian Award. Locht, 18, won the Congeniality Award and was named second runner-up. Adams, 17, was named first runner-up. Each contestant received a $50 Rodeo Heritage Award and a $25 Miss Destin Community Award.
O'Keefe also received the Most Photogenic Award before being named the winner of the pageant. She will receive a $3,500 scholarship to go towards her college education.
When the ceremony was over, friends and family rushed to congratulate O’Keefe.
“I’m still in shock,” she said. “I’m so honored to be chosen and I can’t wait to represent the community during the next year.”
Over the next year, O'Keefe will attended various city functions and represent the city at the Destin Fishing Rodeo in October.