Miss South Carolina Lanie Hudson of Spartanburg shed a few tears as she thanked her friends and family for their support during a news conference in Columbia Sunday.
Hudson, Miss Anderson, was crowned Miss South Carolina Saturday night at Township Auditorium.
Last week, Hudson had shared a desire to show the judges “who Lanie Hudson is.”
“I really hope that I got to show them who I was and my personality,” Hudson said. “I’m silly but hard-working and I hope that came across to the judges, just as my passion for people and working for the state of South Carolina.”
The top three Miss South Carolina contestants, Hudson, Miss Boiling Springs Lauren Cabaniss and Miss Fountain Inn Daja Dial, are all Spartanburg natives and Dorman High School graduates.
“Dorman High School produces some fantastic students,” Hudson said. “Thank you to all of our educators in Spartanburg and particularly at Dorman … you are part of the reason we are here.”
Hudson will compete in the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 9-14. Miss South Carolina Teen, Hope Harvard, will compete in the Miss America Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Fla, July 29-Aug. 2.
Harvard, whose platform involves “giving hope” to others, spoke about her desire to put on a “Day of Hope” across South Carolina. “I hope to be able to work with the United Ways of each county and with our local queens to establish a Day of Hope in each county,” she said.
Along with her title and the gifts given by sponsors, Hudson was awarded $25,000 in scholarships, which she plans to use to earn her master’s degree.
“The job of Miss South Carolina…encompasses all four points of the crown — style, service, scholarship and success — and I really feel like this is going to prepare me for my career in fashion merchandising,” she said. “I’m honored to serve South Carolina.”