by LYDIA COBB | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

A Queen Reflects

volunteer_lowman3No one can become a queen overnight. It’s a journey in learning self-confidence, leadership, and speaking skills with grace. Katie Lowman was crowned Miss Carlsbad in 2012 and credits the experience as life-changing. “I had so much fun at rehearsals and on pageant night, and was beyond thrilled to place as a runner-up Princess,” explained Katie Lowman. “Each year as a Princess provided me with so many opportunities and new friendships, which made winning the Queen title in 2012 that much more special.”

As new Queens are announced each year, Katie volunteers behind-the-scenes as an assistant director. The young ladies who become Miss Carlsbad attend charitable fundraisers and city events in engagement roles. “Miss Carlsbad serves as city ambassador and role model for people of all ages,” added Katie. The month preceding a pageant, Katie runs rehearsals at the home of Pageant Directors Elaine and Tom Brammel. Contestants are coached in interviewing, poise, and public speaking. “The most challenging thing is that we can’t crown every contestant,” she added. But it’s not about winning. “From the time they begin rehearsals until pageant night, the personal growth in each of them is amazing, and I’m always so proud,” reflected Katie. She chaperones each Miss Carlsbad and photographs their public events, and she encourages them to have fun and volunteer broadly during their year of reign.

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Name: Katie Lowman
Community: Carlsbad
Family: Mom – Sally, brother – Slater
Interests: The Miss Carlsbad Pageant, drawing, babysitting, ice skating
Favorite Spots in Carlsbad: The Village, Carlsbad Flower Fields, Ignite Bistro & Wine Spot, Den Boutique


volunteer_lowman4Katie is a Carlsbad native. Her mom still lives in the house where Katie was raised. When she graduated from nursing school in 2014, Katie began her career at California Cancer Associates where she is a radiation nurse. She enjoys babysitting, drawing, and trying new restaurants with friends. “I grew up figure skating, so I’ve wanted to check out Icetown that’s new to Carlsbad,” she added.

She’s passionate about the organization that taught her so much. She most enjoyed the events for children, such as Easter egg hunts and festivals. Volunteering in her local lagoon and in monthly Chamber of Commerce Sundowners put Katie in touch with Carlsbad’s business culture. “Learning how to enhance my speaking skills, carry myself with confidence and poise, and how to be a leader are all things I use every single day,” reflected Katie. She continues to spread this feeling to future Princesses and Queens.