By Hannah Richardson, email@example.com
When someone from our hometown accomplishes a feat, the town can’t help but be excited and proud of them. One shining example of this is Natchitoches native Katelyn Yopp.
Yopp, daughter of Jeremy and Elizabeth Yopp and granddaughter of Verline Parker and the late Ray Parker and Randy and Louise Yopp, was crowned 2019 Miss Pride of Monroe at the Miss Monroe and Miss Pride of Monroe 2019 Pageant Sunday, Nov. 11 at Neville High School in Monroe. Not only was she crowned and received this title; she won the lifestyle/fitness swimsuit award and was named second runner-up to Miss ULM and received a $2,000 scholarship.
Yopp, a 2018 graduate of St. Mary’s School, is a freshman psychology major at ULM and plans to get her master’s in occupational therapy. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, the ULM Hawkline, the Catholic Campus Ministry and the Warhawks for Life Pro-Life Group. She was voted onto the ULM Homecoming Court as a freshman maid.
She was also the youngest contestant that entered at 17-years-old at the 2018 Miss Louisiana Pageant in June as Miss Louisiana Jazzland. She promotes her platform of “I’ve Got Your Back” Scoliosis Awareness and does numerous fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Yopp plans on competing in the 2019 Miss Louisiana Pageant next year. Certainly, the people of Natchitoches are proud of Yopp and is looking forward to what she accomplishes next.