Jenna Croft is really a winner. Besides being the new Miss Leesburg 2018-2019. She is also the second person in 32 years to win crowns in all divisions of the well-known scholarship pageant. The 17-year-old daughter of Jackie and Roger Croft is a senior at Leesburg High School.
“She’ll be busy all year representing the city at a number of fundraisers and other events,” says Linda Watts, director of the pageant. “Through past years, Jenna has been Tiny Miss, Little Miss, Junior Miss, Teen Miss and now, Miss Leesburg. She made it a goal.”
This year, Jenna won a $5,000 scholarship toward the college of her choice, which is payable directly to the college.
“Last year, she was runner-up in the Miss Leesburg category and won $2,000, so she’s getting a good head start toward her college tuition,” says Linda.
“Winning this crown means everything to me,” said Jenna Croft, Miss Leesburg 2018-2019. “Ever since Taylor Cavender won the five titles five or six years ago, I set winning all five crowns as a goal for myself. Taylor became a role model for me.”
Her mother, Jackie Croft, put Jenna in her first pageant, Miss Tiny Miss, at around 4 years of age because she was a shy child.
“I was impressed with the leadership skills the pageant scholarship program helped the young girls gain,” said Jack.
Jenna and Taylor are the only two contestants in the 32-year pageant history to win all five crowns.
Jenna was crowned by 2017-2018 Miss Leesburg, Eva Henderson, who completed her year of service when she passed the crown.
First runner up for Miss Leesburg, Breann Stephans, 18, received a $2,000 scholarship. She is a Homeschooled student.
Second runner up, Abbigale Wade, 17, received $1,000. She is a senior at First Academy.
Tiny Miss – Paisley Burns, age 4, daughter of Brooke and Levi Burns. Paisley is in Volunteer Pre-Kindergarten 4 at First Academy Pre-School
Little Miss – Raeleigh Yomtob, age 7, daughter of Raimey and Andrew Livingston. Raeleigh is a second grader at the Villages Charter School
Junior Miss – Alexis Farkus, age 10, daughter of Brittany and Shane Farkus. Alexis is in fifth grade at the Villages Charter School
Teen Miss – Brooke Crenshaw, age 13, daughter of Tabitha and Bruce Crenshaw. Brooke is in eighth grade at the Villages Charter Middle School.
The winners of the four younger age groups each received $500 cash.
“Throughout the year, the girls will be involved in ribbon cuttings, our physician-resident programs at area nursing homes, and a new Jacket Collection program for the Homeless. We also will help with a Diaper Drive, and collection for Leesburg Food Bank, along with many more activities,” Ms. Watts
“This year we also gave an additional $2,500 to two other young ladies – a $1,500 Community Service Scholarship sponsored by the OBG Lions Club awarded to Ivey Young, a Junior at LHS and a $1,000 Kind and Humble Award in memory of Sharon St. Cyr was awarded to Isabel Izquierdo, a Freshman at LHS.”
“We are committed to stressing the imp
ortance of education through the scholarship program,” she says.
The awards for this year’s scholarship program totaled $12,500 given to help further education of these students.
For more information, visit: www.missleesburg.com.