Former DLHS student in Miss Teen Phoenix competition

Sue Kraft, Lifestyles Editor
Brittany LaFloe

Former Devils Lake High School student Brittany LaFloe will be competing for the title of Miss Teen Phoenix on Feb. 6 — and she is already fully immersed in the pageant's preparations.

“She had to check in Sunday for training,” said her father Rick LaFloe.

In addition to the training class, Brittany will will participate in interviews, rehearsals and photo shoots before the big event next weekend.

LaFloe, a shift manager at the Spirit Lake Casino, said his daughter lived in Devils Lake her entire life before moving to Phoenix just over a year ago to live with her mother, Lori Miller.

LaFloe said his daughter had never entered a pageant before, but decided to try it this year at the urging of her sister, Heather, a professional photographer.

“It's her first time,” he said. “I think her sister gave her a little nudge in that direction.”

And, LaFloe said, he's glad she did.

“I was very excited, this is a great opportunity,” he said. “This is a perfect opportunity for her to meet new people, maybe help her career.”

LaFloe will be competing with other young ladies, aged 7-19, in modeling routines, including casual and formal wear. She will also be judged on personality and interviewing skills in front of the judging panel.

“Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of the competition,” said the Phoenix pageant coordinator.

That shouldn't be a problem, said her father.

“She's very happy, very bubbly,” he said. “She's really upbeat.”

If she were to win the title of Miss Teen Phoenix, LaFloe would receive an all-expense paid trip, five nights and six days, to Orlando, Fla., where she would represent Phoenix and the surrounding communities in a national competition. Over $60,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at the national pageant.

LaFloe said he probably won't make it to Arizona for the competition next weekend, but he will definitely be with his daughter in spirit.

“I'll just have to wait by the phone, I guess,” he said.