Dominga Murray crowned at inaugural Lake Country pageant

The Colonial Center’s Saturday pageant saw Dominga Murray crowned Miss Greater Miss Lake Country. Murray has made combatting hunger her platform, and during the onstage question portion of the contest, when asked what she would do to combat hunger in Mecklenburg County, Murray answered that, if crowned, she would like to bring the work she is already doing into this area.

“I direct an organization named Helping Hands, and I have for the past ten years, and we function as a food bank with a branch in Roanoke, Virginia, and another in Richmond, Virginia,” Murray said.

The Colonial Center has hosted a number of pageants over the years, but this was the first ever Greater Miss Lake Country pageant. The event was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Murray is currently studying communication and meteorology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a $2,000 scholarship for winning the pageant. She will now go on to compete for the title of Miss Virginia, and, if successful, the title of Miss America.

Other contestants included first runner-up Reagan Delp and second runner-up Chelsea Saunders, as well as Elizabeth Krantz, Kaylyn Ivey, and Peyton Clary.

Miss Virginia 2018 Emili McPhail served as one of the hosts. She said her role as Miss Virginia involves making over 70 visits to elementary schools across the state to talk about healthy choices.

“My personal platform is working to end domestic hunger, and I am having the best time as Miss Virginia,” McPhail said. “If you were wondering, they really do treat you like a princess.”

The event featured four of the five scored components, as contestants had already completed interviews with the judges earlier in the day that were worth 25 percent of their final scores. Contestants competed in lifestyle and fitness in a swimsuit for 10 percent of their scores, eveningwear for 15 percent, onstage question for 20 percent, and talent for 30 percent. The audience was treated to a lyrical dance by Delp, a tap dance by Saunders, a dramatic monologue by Clary, and vocal performances by Krantz, who sang “A Change in Me”; Ivey, who sang “Never Enough”; and Murray, who sang “Feeling Good.” Dance it Out also performed two numbers as part of the show.

In a Facebook post, Murray shared her excitement over being crowned Miss Greater Miss Lake Country.

“Tonight my life changed,” Murray wrote. “God placed me with the most kindhearted board I could have ever imagined. I was also the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship. I’m overwhelmingly thankful for all of my supporters and I can’t wait to bring the work of Helping Hands to South Hill Virginia.”