February 18, 2015 - Amy Permenter, a senior at Shelbyville High School, was crowned Saturday, February 14th as the new Miss Lufkin. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Wesley and Lynette Permenter of Huxley, Texas.
Permenter won the divisional crown in her age group in the Lufkin pageant and due to having the highest scores over all the participants in the pageant, she won grand supreme queen as well.
Winning the crown is nothing new for this high school senior as she is also the current Miss Shelby County, Miss Watermelon Festival, and Miss Texas State Forestry Festival queen. Permenter has been traveling the country preparing for one particular pageant to be held in September, the Miss Texas Pageant.
Permenter applied to be an contestant in the Miss Texas Pageant and was notified her application was accepted. Permenter said, "It is a challenge competing at that level and I'm excited for the opportunity." She has been preparing for the Miss Texas Pageant through practice and studying current events.
All the local pageants have been great opportunities for practice. She also recently spent a week in New York City as part of a International Models and Talent Association (IMTA) training convention which was done in front of modeling agencies from all over the world. She has participated in a fashion show in Dothan, Alabama which included modeling wedding dresses and has trained with Victoria Henley who was in the 19th cycle of America's Next Top Model. She has also modeled for Alicia Zenobia, a clothing designer from New Orleans.
Lynette Permenter, the mother of Amy Permenter, said, "Amy has done pageants since the 5th grade. She is a very determined young lady and greatly appreciates all the support from family, friends, and community she has had along the way."