MONROE, La. (KNOE) - For Meagan Crews, it still hasn't sunk in.
"It feels unreal. I woke up this morning and told my mom I had to put my crown on. I stopped and said 'my crown on."
The Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival, and former Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2014 is now Miss Louisiana 2019. It's a crowning achievement Crews has been working towards her entire life.
But it's also a dream she almost gave up on. The LSU Shreveport marketing major took a year off to focus on another title.
"I sat last year, because I did serve as SGA president of my university over the last year. Truthfully, when I took a step back last year, I didn't think that I was going to come back. I felt like my life was leading me in a different direction."
Instead, the time off gave her clarity.
"Being able to come back this year, I felt like I had a clear vision in mind of who I was as an individual and a leader."
As of Sunday, that vision is a reality, one Crews is excited to live out.
"I am so excited about serving as the Leadership Empowerment Development Program ambassador. It's with the Northwest Louisiana YWCA, though it is a national platform. So, I'm excited to get to make sure that it's implemented in all five of the YWCA locations in Louisiana and have that serve as a statewide platform within the Miss Louisiana organization."
Now that she has the Miss Louisiana crown, Crews has her sights set on Miss America.
"I don't think that reality has hit me yet. I'm still on cloud nine about Miss Louisiana. So, thinking about going and being able to stand on the Miss America stage is just overwhelming."
"I'm just going to try to keep the same mindset that I have. I know that regardless of whatever happens on the Miss America stage, I still have an amazing job opportunity here and plans that I intend to implement."