With a dazzling smile, plus talent and personality to match, Carlie Long, 18, won the title Miss Napa County 2010 on Saturday night. Long and eight other young women competed for scholarships and the crown in front of an appreciative audience at Justin-Siena High School.
The teen said she almost didn’t believe it when her number was called as the winner. “I’m kind of in shock right now,” Long said. “I thought, are you kidding me?”
The fact that Long was able to enter the competition at all is remarkable. In June 2009, she underwent back surgery for a condition called Spondylolisthesis and now has six screws, a metal plate and a replacement disk in her back. Saturday night she performed a dance routine for the talent portion of the competition titled “Almost Lover.”
Long’s mother Lisa was equally shocked at the win. “I’m still shaking,” she said. “Watching her dance again is amazing.”
This was Long’s first time to enter the competition but she’s not unfamiliar with the program; twice before her older sister Mindi Long competed to become Miss Napa County. “I’m very proud of her,” Mindi Long, 22, said.
There was more than one crown awarded on Saturday night. Six young girls from the Napa Princess Booster club received tiaras and flowers. In addition, 13-year-old Faithann Alley was named Napa County Outstanding Teen and 14-year-old Caroline MacMahon Northern Valley’s Outstanding Teen.
The program also included entertainment from Napa Valley Dance Center, Academy of Danse, Expressions Dance Studio and the Napa School of Music.
Mark Long watched his daughter accept hugs and kisses from her fellow contestants with a proud smile on his face. “This is great,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Except maybe for one thing.
“She’d make a great Miss America,” he said.