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Kennewick teen crowned Juneteenth queen

Four Tri-City women vied for the Juneteenth crown Saturday night, but only one walked off the stage a queen.

Arisha Fite, a junior at Kamiakin High, was crowned queen of the annual Juneteenth celebration, held in the Gregson Auditorium at Pasco High.

Asia Augustine, a senior at Richland High, was the first princess; Desi-ree Beasley, a Legacy High grad, was second princess, and Kylie Simons, a senior at Richland High, was third princess.

Fite won a $1,000 scholarship and was named Miss Congeniality. She also earned the Highest GPA award and the Hostess award.

Beasley won the evening's talent award. She gave a monologue titled Just My Type that talked about how she doesn't fit the standard image of a girl, said Elouise Sparks, organizer of the Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant.

The first duty for the queen and her court will be to make an appearance in the Grand Ole Fourth of July celebration and the parade.

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