Until recently, Palm Beach Atlantic University sophomore Olivia Luckey was perhaps better known as the reigning Miss Swamp Cabbage Queen in her hometown of LaBelle, Fla. She has since handed over her crown, but she is in the running for another regal title as she competes in the Miss Palm Beach County pageant on Saturday.
Luckey, who is majoring in theatre arts with a concentration in musical theatre, said she is relatively new to the pageant world. Her most recent accomplishment was earning third runner-up in the Miss South Florida Fair pageant last month.
“It’s something I enjoy,” said Luckey, 19, a sixth-generation Floridian.
The Miss Palm Beach County pageant is affiliated with the Miss Florida and Miss America organizations. PBA alumna Sierra Minott, ’10, is a former Miss Palm Beach County who was crowned Miss Florida 2008.
Luckey plays piano and said she dabbles with guitar. She also enjoys playing the ukulele. “I find it much easier than the guitar,” she said.
She said her platform will be supporting arts education. “Not all schools are fortunate enough to have theatre and drama programs,” said Luckey, who started a drama club in her high school.
At PBA, Luckey participated in the last two productions by the PBA Theatre Department: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off and The Long Christmas Dinner.
She also serves as the treasurer of Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society. She holds a 3.67 GPA.
Luckey also is helping to raise money to go on a PBA mission trip to Haiti next month. She has been on two previous mission trips, to Jamaica and to New Orleans, with her hometown church, First Baptist Church of LaBelle.
In addition to her other activities, she makes almost all of her own jewelry, she said.
The Miss Palm Beach County pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Eissey Theater on Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens Campus. Tickets are $10. The winner will receive a scholarship plus the chance to represent Palm Beach County at the Miss Florida Pageant in July.
Update: Luckey's performance during the competition earned her the Most Talented award.