Seven young women from across the Tri-Cities will take the stage June 25 to show off their poise and compete for the queen’s crown in the 2016 Miss Juneteenth pageant.
The event starts at 6 p.m. at Chiawana High School, 8125 W. Argent Road, Pasco.
The pageant is for African American girls in grades 10 to 12.
The pageant includes an interview and evening wear and talent competitions. The top finishers will receive scholarship money.
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“This is an opportunity for these young ladies to compete for scholarship. Our pageant is an avenue for them to do that. The main thing is to get these girls scholarships so they can go onto college, to enhance their education,” said Elouise Sparks, pageant director.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. It dates to June 19, 1865, when news of the end of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas.
Pageant tickets are $10 for adults if purchased by June 23, and $15 for adults, $10 for high school students and $5 for middle and elementary school students at the door. Children age 5 and younger will be admitted free.
Advance tickets are available at Xtreme Beauty, 3330 W. Court St., Pasco; Pink Pearl Boutique, 707 The Parkway, Richland; and Touch Wellness Center, 203 N. Dennis St., Kennewick.
A dance and reception will follow the pageant at the Red Lion in Pasco, with music by Underground Entertainment.
Here’s more on the contestants:
▪ Princess Kannah, 16, daughter of Anthony and Decontee Solo of Pasco.
Princess is an incoming senior at Pasco High School and serves as president of the recycling club and the drama club.
She helps direct school plays and works with children through the nonprofit Skills Development Mission.
A big sister to Lucy, 5, her hobbies include singing, dancing drawing, painting and community work.
Princess will compete this summer in a national Christian singing competition in Kentucky.
She wants to attend Northwest University and study psychology.
Her talent is the performing the spoken word poetry piece, Somewhere in America.
▪ Cailey Wright, 17, daughter of Tiffanni Wright of Kennewick.
Cailey is an incoming senior at Kennewick High School, where she is a member of the leadership team and the dance team captain.
She works at Lucky Flowers, has a cat named Inanna and has a passion for hair and makeup.
She plans to attend Aveda Institute in Seattle and then Eastern Washington University to study business and marketing, with the goal of one day starting her own business.
Her talent is dancing to Beyoncé’s Formation.
▪ Tiara Villegas, 18, daughter of Gina Villegas of Pasco.
A recent Chiawana High School graduate, Tiara was active in Buddy Club. She also played tennis and was a dedicated volunteer, including spending many summers helping with the Trios Health camp for youths with diabetes.
Tiara attends Columbia Basin College, with plans to earn an associate degree and then go onto Eastern Oregon University to study nursing.
Tiara is the first in her family to graduate high school and to attend college.
Her talent is reciting Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech.
▪ Divyn Clash, 17, daughter of Tomiko and Melissa Clash of Richland.
An incoming senior at Richland High School, Divyn is part of the jazz choir. She likes singing, reading, baking and playing the guitar and ukulele.
She has a younger brother named Timmy.
Divyn hopes to attend Central Washington University or Cornish College of Arts to study music and early childhood education.
Her talent is singing Silent by Tori Kelly.
▪ Tasia Monae Allen, 16, daughter of Lavina Davis and Johnnie Allen of Richland.
Tasia is an incoming senior at Richland High and has six siblings.
She loves cooking and upper-level math classes. She takes part in the school initiative AVID, is a Washington State University Gear-Up ambassador, is part of Buddy Club and has volunteered for the Red Cross. She is looking to enlist in the Air Force in the summer of 2017.
Her talent is performing the monologue, Black Privilege, by Crystal Valentine.
▪ Allicia “Leeci” Chalmers, 17, daughter of Marcus and Ramona Chalmers of Richland.
The youngest of five siblings, Leeci is an incoming senior at Richland High.
She plays basketball, runs track and is part of Key Club and Buddy Club. She also attends New Hope Baptist Church, where she dances on the praise dance team Daughters of Virtue. Leeci wants to attend Crown University or Arizona State University to play basketball, run track and study psychology and sociology.
Her talent is performing her own spoken word poetry piece, Un-idealistic African American Girl.
▪ Alyssia Corbray Deery, 15, daughter of Danielle Dunigan of Richland and Patrick Dunigan of Memphis, Tenn.
An incoming junior at Richland High, she plays softball and hockey and interns at Energy Northwest.
Her hobbies include reading, mediation, blogging, photography and makeup.
She would like to attend Pepperdine University or the University of California at Berkeley to study corporate law.
Her talent is performing her own spoken word poetry piece, Wonder Woman.