Miss Tygart Valley named Miss West Virginia 2019
A new town and a new crown were celebrated recently as the Miss West Virginia competition marked 75 years and its relocation to Martinsburg.
Toriane Graal, of Morgantown, was named Miss West Virginia 2019 in front of a packed room in the pageant’s new venue at the Airborne Event Center.
Graal came into the competition as Miss Tygart Valley, a representative from the Miss Elkins Area Organization. Her social impact initiative is titled “Let’s Be CLEAR: Children’s Leukemia Education, Awareness, Resilience.” For talent she performed a three-baton routine to “Man of La Mancha.”
During the competition, 11 contestants took the stage vying for the Miss West Virginia crown, and 10 others competed for the title of Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teen.
Lauren Rose, of Morgantown, was named Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teen.
Rose came in as Miss Berkeley County’s Outstanding Teen. Her platform is “Hunger Hurts, Lend a Hand.” Her talent was a lyrical dance. She attends Clay-Battelle High School in Blacksville.
Miss West Virginia will represent the Mountain State at the Miss America competition, and Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teen will compete at America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Florida.
Miss West Virginia 2018 Madeline Collins of Charleston talked about her year wearing the crown before the pageant began. She came into the competition as Miss Elkins Area.
“It’s been a dream come true traveling to Miss America and representing the Mountain State and advocating for my platform, which is mental-health awareness, and sharing the story of living with a congenital heart defect. All of these things have culminated in, really, an incredible year,” Collins said.
Collins was crowned Miss West Virginia last year, when the competition was at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown. The event also has been held over the years in Charleston, Clarksburg and Parkersburg.
“It’s really bittersweet. I’m sad because I have one of the best jobs in the world and, ultimately, I have to give it up, but I know that the next girl will do a great job, and I’m excited for her to start her journey,” Collins said.
In addition to Graal, two additional representatives from the Miss Elkins Organization claimed two of the top five placements. Emily Broughton, Miss Potomac Highlands, was named fourth runner-up and Marissa Bailey, Miss Elkins Area, was named first runner-up.