Four elegant, talented and smart young women competed for the title of Miss Juneteenth Saturday but only one earned the crown.
Ajanae Kinsey was crowned Miss Juneteenth 2013, earning her a $1,000 scholarship toward her college education.
She will be a senior at Hanford High School this fall. Ajanae also won the Miss Congeniality award at the pageant.
First runnerup was Mariah Kensey, daughter of Tiffany Wick and Dwayne Kensey of Kennewick, and second runnerup was Indanecia Baker, daughter of Aisha Grisby of Pasco and DeWayne and Lisa Baker of Richland. Aubreona Patrick, the daughter of Jill Lawson and Tyron Patrick of Pasco, won the talent award.
The pageant was formed by Elouise Sparks more than a decade ago to help build confidence among young women in the Tri-City black community.
"Juneteenth became a big celebration for African-American people, but it's not just for us," Sparks said. "It's for anyone who has, within their culture, been enslaved by others."