GULFPORT -- Hailey Furlan accepted her crown Sunday evening as queen of the 2015 Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.
Rodeo president Michael Casano handled the coronation of the queen, saying the contestants were competing this year to reign over next year's event.
Furlan, an 18-year-old recent graduate of Bay High, plans to attend Pearl River Community College in the fall. She was one of the princesses, along with six other women serving as hostesses at various functions for this year's rodeo.
Furlan had to answer a question on stage about her most embarrassing moment. She related a tale of when she went to school with a facial make-up mask on and nobody told her about it, until a teacher told her, well after the school day had started.
As queen, she receives a $1,000 scholarship. The first and second runners-up each received a $500 scholarship. And the rodeo board of directors was able to give all the contestants a $250 scholarship, courtesy of Turan-Foley.
"They are all winners," Casano said as he called the young women back on stage after their interview segment.
The second runner-up was 19-year-old Emily Gruzinskas of Bay St. Louis. The first runner-up was 18-year-old Kayla Peno of Long Beach.