A Richland High senior walked away with a lot of hardware Saturday night after being crowned Tri-Cities Miss Juneteenth 2010.
Cassi Davis not only took the top prize at the eighth annual scholarship pageant, she also received the Hostess Award and the Best Talent Award and tied for Miss Congeniality.
The first runner-up title went to Shanice Butts, a senior at Chiawana High. Second princess is Asana Rashad, a recent graduate of Kennewick High, and third princess is Shanice Groce, a Pasco High senior.
Contestant LaKendra Babel dropped out of the event earlier in the week, said Elouise Sparks, pageant founder and director.
The pageant at the Pasco High School auditorium typically draws up to 150 people, but this year a little over 300 filled the seats, she said.
"The crowd came out. It was wonderful," said Sparks. "This is the biggest crowd we've ever had."
Juneteenth marks the day black slaves learned they were freed after the Civil War.
The scholarship pageant is designed to bring awareness to Juneteenth's significance, while the crowned queen will spend a year educating people about its importance.
The queen receives a $1,000 college scholarship, with smaller scholarships going to the princesses. The amounts are likely to increase based on the boost in pageant ticket sales, Sparks said.
Davis is the daughter of Kimberly Williams of Richland. She hopes to study business and science at Spelman College in Atlanta.
Davis received the Hostess Award for raising more than $2,400 in program ad sales.
Rashad also was named Miss Congeniality, along with taking the Highest GPA Award for having a straight 4.0 for three quarters as a senior.