|Beauty pageant titleholder|
Leah LavianoMarried to Stephen Watson
March 22, 1988
Antioch, California U.S.
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Title(s)||Miss Mississippi USA 2008|
|Miss USA 2008 (1st Runner-up)|
Miss Mississippi USA
Laviano competed in her first Miss Universe Organization state pageant in 2005, finishing first runner-up to Raegan Raulston at Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2006. In 2007 she won the Miss Mississippi USA 2008 title, the first time she competed in that pageant.
Miss USA 2008
Laviano represented Mississippi at the Miss USA 2008 pageant held April 11, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She placed first runner-up to Crystle Stewart of Texas in the nationally televised pageant, which is the highest placement ever achieved by Mississippi in the 57 year history of the event. Prior to Laviano's placement, only one titleholder, Jennifer Adcock, had placed since 1990.
Having graduated South Jones High School in 2006, Laviano went on to study English at Jones County Junior College. She completed her undergraduate degree in English Education from Ole Miss in 2010, along with her Masters in Instruction and Curriculum in 2011. In Sep 2011 she was married to Stephen Watson of Ft. Worth, TX. Stephen in an officer in the Navy and pilots MH-53E helicopters. She and Stephen live in Chesapeake, VA, where Leah plans on being a high school English teacher.
- "Miss Mississippi USA profile". NBC.
- Associated Press (2008-04-12). "Texas beauty wins Miss USA in Vegas -- Beats Miss. entrant to succeed Tennessean". The Commercial Appeal. p. A6.
- Butler, Bess (2008-04-11). "JCJC student Leah Laviano to represent state in Miss USA pageant". Leader Call.
|Miss Mississippi USA
Jessica Lauren McRaney
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