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Katie Boyd of Hoover is crowned Miss Point Mallard 2007 on Wednesday night by her predecessor, Jessica Headley.
Crowning glory at Point Mallard
Katie Boyd of Hoover is 2-time winner
By Danielle Komis Palmer
Katie Boyd of Hoover was crowned Miss Point Mallard on Wednesday night — her second time capturing the title. She was Miss Point Mallard in 2005.
The most recent Miss Point Mallard to repeat her title was Shannon Camper, who won in 1998 and 2000.
Winners of the title are allowed to compete in the pageant multiple times, but must take one year off in between, according to pageant organizers.
Last year, Boyd passed her crown on to Miss Point Mallard 2006 Jessica Headley. And this year, Headley passed the crown back to Boyd.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Boyd said after the pageant from within a crowd of children and friends hugging her and posing for pictures with her. “Decatur, I’m back!”
Boyd has been to the Miss Alabama pageant four times and was the third runner-up in this year’s Miss Alabama pageant. She performed a ballet en pointe to “Man of La Mancha” for her talent.
For the evening gown portion of the night, she wore a white, sequined halter dress.
Boyd plans to use her title as Miss Point Mallard 2007 to promote an underage anti-smoking campaign she created during her last reign as Miss Point Mallard.
The program is targeted at fifth-grade students.
Boyd entered her first pageant when she was a senior in high school, later than many of her peers in the pageant circuit. However, she said she was quickly enchanted by the opportunity to perform onstage.
Others in Top 8
First runner-up was Colene Burns of Hayden, who tied Boyd on Tuesday night in the preliminary swimsuit competition. She also is the first runner-up to Miss Alabama 2007.
Second runner-up was Brandy Poss of Russellville; third runner-up, Anna Laura Bryan of Decatur; and fourth runner-up, Jessica Andrews of Alabaster.
Each runner-up receives scholarship money and other prizes.
Others rounding out the top eight finalists named at the beginning of Wednesday night are Haley Arrington of Glencoe, Melissa Harbison of Clay and Meghan Muncher of Jasper.
The Miss Congeniality Award went to Jessica Andrews of Alabaster.
The Director’s Award for Pageant Spirit was given to Cory Ann Turner of Huntsville.
The Beverly A. Walker Community Service Award was given to Meredith Ervin of Hampton Cove.
A special tribute was given for Walker — the pageant’s director for 25 years — and her daughter and assistant director, Tish Hazel. Both are both retiring from their lead roles in the pageant.
Many entertained during the evening, including Miss Alabama Jamie Langley, who performed Celine Dion’s “The Power of the Dream.” Finalists from Spirit Idol also entertained.
Boyd will take home a $3,500 scholarship, a half-carat diamond necklace from Jimmy Smith Jewelers, an original pastel portrait and other prizes.
She will compete in the Miss Alabama pageant next June — her fifth time at the pageant.
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