Miss Louisiana returns home from Miss America Pageant

Published: Sep. 10, 2018 at 9:47 PM CDT
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Miss Louisiana Holli Conway is back home after a stunning performance at the Miss American Pageant.

The Monroe native flew back into town Monday after coming in 2nd runner-up. She was greeted with hugs and flowers after getting off her plane.

The Monroe native came home just hours after competing in the 2019 Miss America Pageant.

"It was very supportive with Louisiana of course. They were very strong behind me, yelling in the audience," Conway said.

Conway placed 2nd runner-up right behind New York's Nia Franklin, who was crowned Miss America.

Conway said the pageant was quite the experience.

"I didn't know what to expect. Of course, I wanted to win, and I was very, very confident. Still, when you're in that moment you start to start to lose faith in yourself like 'Oh my goodness, am I going to get it?' And just going that far was a surreal experience."

And fans were there cheering her on every step of the way.

"Was able to be there for the competition and I saw her perform her talent on stage before millions in America," Darris Waren, a fan, said. "And she was excited about that. And we wanted her to win, but we're glad she's back home."

For Conway, the competition also provided bonding moments.

"Also with the other girls. We connected and got really, really close," Conway said.

And the pageant also means something else to her.

"It opens doors for others, who want to do things that never have been done. That's all I strive to do is make the impossible seem possible," Conway said.

But now that she's back home, she said she's ready to just kick back.

"I really just want some gumbo. I haven't had any in a long time," Conway said.

Conway's next plan is a visit to her alma mater, Northwestern State University, to help host the school's pageant.

She wants to move to New York to study musical theatre and pursue a Broadway career.