Miss Donaldsonville Teen crowned

Brandie Richardson @B_lifestyles
Miss Donaldsonville Teen Sha'Tia Campbell

Four teens gathered on the stage of the Lemann Center on Saturday night to compete for the title of Miss Donaldsonville Teen 2016 and Miss Juneteenth. Family and friends supported the contestants throughout the night as they competed in athletic wear, fun fashion, talent, evening wear and on-stage questionnaires.

Walking away from the pageant sporting the title of Miss Donaldsonville Teen was 17-year-old Sha’Tia Campbell from Donaldsonville High School. The first-time pageant winner said she wanted to compete because she wanted to explore new opportunities and gain new experiences.

I hope to gain more knowledge about the community through helping others and through community service,” Campbell said.

As Miss Donaldsonville Teen, she will volunteer at events throughout the community and in surrounding parishes and make appearances at Donaldsonville events.

My plans are to inspire by empowering and educating teens in Donaldsonville and help with education,” she said.

In its second year, the Miss Donaldsonville Teen pageant added a new queen to its lineup - Miss Juneteenth. Winning the new title was Courtney Washington, who also won a medal for the most ads sold. As part of her title, she will represent the Donaldsonville Juneteenth Festival.

Washington said her main reason for competing was to teach self-esteem and confidence in girls, no matter what size they are.

I wanted to inspire other young girls to know that they can achieve anything,” the ninth grader said. “Pageants are important because they can build self-esteem and confidence. I would like to teach others that you don’t have to be a figure eight to be in pageants.”

First-runner up for Miss Donaldsonville Teen was Bailey Johnson, followed by second-runner up Kaitlyn Mitchell, who also won best evening gown and talent.

More information about Miss Donaldsonville Teen pageant can be found at iamprettywithapurpose.com.