The Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES —
Hannah LaCour has a dilemma.
As the reigning Miss Port Neches, the Port Neches-Groves High School senior has an obligation to appear at several parades and functions. As the 2013 CavOILcade Queen — representing Derrick Oil Supply, she was crowned at the Oct. 5 coronation — she is expected to appear at many of the same events, albeit in a different capacity.
“I don’t know how I’m going to do it,” said LaCour, 17. “I may wear both sashes and just hold the crowns.”
The daughter of Kim Caskey and Darin LaCour is no stranger to the spotlight. She has competed in pageants since the age of 5 — although she had never earned a title until this year’s Miss Port Neches pageant.
That never fazed her, though. For LaCour, pageants were less about the accolades and more about forming new relationships with other contestant — that, and “feeling like a princess,” she said.
“It was never about winning — I was never one of those girls,” LaCour said. “It just meant I got to wear a pretty dress and try again next year.”
As much as she enjoys receiving the regal treatment, LaCour said there is more to be gained from pageants than sashes and glittering headgear.
“A lot of parents hate it because they think it tears their daughter’s confidence down, but it actually built mine up,” she said. “It teaches you how to present yourself in an interview, and how to react in public when you don’t place.”
Between classes, Indianette Drill Team practice, Indian Soccer and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) meetings, LaCour finds time to foster lost and abandoned pets before eventually “rehoming” them. She has been a dancer since the age of 2, which paid off for her at M.A. Dance Camp this summer. Because LaCour placed in the top 5 percent, she will have the opportunity to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York this November. While LaCour is excited to visit a new place, she doesn’t relish the possibility of missing a PNG football game.
“I don’t miss football games,” she said. “I’m one of those people that doesn’t sit down.”
She isn’t certain where she’ll attend college after her days at PNG High School are over — although her dream school is Baylor University in Waco — but she is certain that she wants to study to be a neo-natologist. In preparation for her future career, she spends as much time as possible with Ayden, her 2-year-old brother.
“Babies are such a miracle,” she said.
See LaCour ride by in the CavOILcade parade on Saturday, Oct. 12. Participants will line up at 8:30 a.m. in the Lamar State College-Port Arthur parking lot. Beginning at 10 a.m., the parade will travel down Procter Street and Houston Street, where it will then disband.