40th annual Juneteenth pageant winners announced

After a two year in-person absence, the 40th Juneteenth Pageant was held in June in the T.H. Harris Auditorium on Grambling State University campus.  

Three young ladies were crowned: Little Miss Juneteenth, Briley Kent; Miss Junior Juneteenth, Gabrielle Simmons; and Miss Juneteenth, Kesynce Brewster-Daniel. 

Royce G. Dillard serenaded the 2019 Queens during their farewell walk, singing “The Greatest Love of All.” The 2019 Queens were Lauren Washington, “Miss Juneteenth;” VaTerrilyn Rollins, “Little Miss Juneteenth;” and VaShanti Sproulls, “Junior Miss Juneteenth.” The torch of the historical two-year reign was passed on by the 2019-2021 queens. 

Additional certificates of recognition were as follows:  

1st Runner-Up, Category 2 – Jari Richardson; Category 3 – Jayda Butler;  

2nd Runner-Ups ,Category 2 – Madelyn Kilgore; Category 3 – Charity Willis  

Pageant Overall, Entrepreneur Award – Madelyn Kilgore  

Modeling Competition Sense of Style Award  
Category 1 – Briley Kent; Category 2 – Jari Richardson; Category 3 -Kesynce Brewster-Daniel  

Talent Competition  
Category 1 – Briley Kent; Category 2 – Gabrielle Simmons; Category 3 – Kesynce Brewster-Daniel  

Self-Expression Competition  
Category 2 – Gabrielle Simmons; Category 3 – Kesynce Brewster-Daniel 


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