Introducing Tamiko Terraz Stroud, Miss Donaldsonville Teen 2015
On the evening of Aug. 1, a panel of judges selected 16-year-old Tamiko Terraz Stroud as Miss Donaldsonville Teen 2015.
Area performers Kaelan Levy and Kentrell Benett hosted the competition at the Lemann Memorial Center in Donaldsonville.
Stroud is a legacy of Donaldsonville as the granddaughter of the city's second-ever black mayor, Bernard Francis, Sr. and the daughter of area socialite and motivational speaker, Tamiko Francis Garrison.
The newly crowned teen is a junior at Donaldsonville High School, dually enrolled at River Parish Community College via its Early College Options Program. She is the president of the City of Donaldsonville’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and a member of the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council.
The 2015 Miss Donaldsonville Teen Pageant featured contestants from Donaldsonville and other parts of Ascension Parish, extending its reach as far as Vidalia. Contestants were judged in five categories: talent, interview, athletic wear, fun fashion and evening gown.
The judging panel included Cathy McLeod, Miss Black Teen Louisiana U.S. Ambassador, and co-founder of “A.B.L.E., an area non profit agency with a mission to encourage young ladies to stand in the face of adversity; Kool DJ SupaMike of Max 94.1 (Baton Rouge); Amber Nicole Shelby, a Southern University alumna and former coordinator and member of the Collegiate 100 Black Women of Southern University; model Felicity DuPont; and Senator Troy Brown.
An avid songstress, Stroud has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and has written and copyrighted two songs. So it was only natural that she would choose to wow the judges with a song in the talent portion.
Bria Virgil, CEO of Pretty With A Purpose crowned Stroud – the first Miss Donaldsonville Teen.
The platform for Miss Donaldsonville Teen 2015 is the River Road African American Museum with all proceeds of the pageant to be donated to the Museum.
“On behalf of the board of directors of the River Road African American Museum, we would like to thank Pretty With A Purpose founder, Bria Virgil, for bringing this excellent event to Donaldsonville,” said Kathe Hambrick-Jackson, Executive Director of the River Road African American Museum. “It is wonderful to see young people engaged in positive activities like this. We appreciate Bria and the contestants efforts to help the Museum.”
First Runner Up: Tracee Monique Albert (Vidalia) will assume the duties of Miss Donaldsonville Teen if for some reason Miss Donaldsonville Teen cannot fulfill her duties.
Second Runner Up: Whitney Baker (Donaldsonville).
Miss Photogenic Award: Tamiko Terraz Stroud (Donaldsonville).
Miss Congeniality Award: Tracee Monique Albert (Vidalia).
The Pretty with a Purpose Organization was founded by Bria Virgil and Treazure Cole. This organization is centered on building young girls confidence. It is based off the idea that every girl should have confidence and not be afraid to achieve their dreams. Self-worth is obviously a growing issue in the nation when it comes to young and adolescent girls, and The Pretty with a Purpose Organization is the answer. The pageants provide a local platform through dedicated partnerships with charities and sponsors. During their reign, the winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change in their communities and the State of Louisiana, all while developing their personal career goals.