The 2022 Miss Minden, Miss Fashion and Miss Minden Outstanding will be crowned at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 15 in the Minden High School Auditorium during the Miss Minden/Spirit Fashion Scholarship competition. Tickets are $10 each and will be sold at the door.
The platinum sponsor is Home Federal Bank. Gold sponsors are Mike’s Hometown Spirits, Terry Gardner for Mayor, and Minden Family Pharmacy. Silver sponsors include b1 Bank, Meriwether Wealth & Planning, The Tree Guys, Hugh Wood Specialty Meats, Harper Motors, Cindy Ritchie Walker, Nick Cox and Minden Family Dental.
Lily Grace Spillers lives in Minden, Louisiana, and is a student at Louisiana Tech University majoring in marketing and majoring in graphic design. Her personal impact statement is Look Up Louisiana — Off of Technology and Into Community. She was honored with the 2021 Minden Civitan’s Citizen Award. She loves serving her community at The St. She loves all things design and media and has had help with local business logos as well as wedding invitations.
Minden resident Anna Claire Lemoine is 17 years old at Glenbrook School. Her personal impact issue is Transforming Disability into Ability: Supporting Special Olympics through Volunteerism. She is a member of the Cydni School of Dance’s elite senior competition team, and over her 15 years of dancing has won awards including numerous conference dance scholarships, CSD Dancer of the Year, and lead role in the 2021 CSD Ballet, Moana. She is a co-leader of the Varsity Cheer at Glenbrook, an honors student, and a member of the National Honor Society. She is currently a participant in the Webster Youth Leadership Program through the Minden Chamber of Commerce. In 2021, Anna Claire is chosen as the Queen of Webster Parish Fair and Princess of the Apache Spirit for the Homecoming Court in Glenbrook. She is also an excellent swimmer. She holds a record 14 at her local club, MTAC, was the 2020 COSST Girls’ 15-18 Summer Champion, and qualified for the 2021 Louisiana All-Star Team where she won three medals. Anna Claire attends First Baptist Church in Minden. In her spare time she enjoys baking, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Jassi Brent is based in Minden and graduated in 2021 from Louisiana Tech University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. At Tech, she has been a member of numerous clubs and honor societies, including the Peer Leadership Council, the Alpha Psi Omega National Theater Honor Society, and the Tri Delta Organization. Last summer, Gacy competed in Miss Louisiana as Miss Cane River 2020-2021 and was awarded the “Women in Mass Communications” award. Gacy is currently serving as Executive Director of Advertising at Ruston Daily Leader and as Leader/Director of Images in Training at The Selfie Stop. Gacy’s Social Impact Initiative “Nothing But Positive” will perform an interpretive vocal performance in the competition on Saturday.
Abby Nelson was born in Bainville, Louisiana and currently attends Northwestern State University. Her personal influence is called Shining with the Shriners. With this social impact, she wants to continue in the footsteps of her grandfather, who has been a member of the Shrine Club for over 10 years, to help raise money for needy children at Shrineer Hospital. Abby has received many awards including being named Tioga High School Student of the Year, and receiving the honor of being on the Northwestern President’s List multiple times.
My name is Courtney Patterson. I am 18 years old in Shreveport, Louisiana. I am a student at the University of Southern Shreveport, Louisiana. Early childhood education study. My platform is called Sisters and For Life in Community Service. My platform is the women and girls of the Girl Scouts of the United States coming together to improve our communities through community service. The Girls Scouts USA is very dear to my heart because I have been a member for thirteen years. You shaped me into the young woman I am today, and taught me to make a difference in my community. It has also inspired me to show other girls to get involved and to be an advocate for the betterment of their community.
Easy Gray is a resident of Minden, Louisiana. She is the daughter of Paul and Ginger Gray. She is a student at Glenbrook Schools and is a member of the Varsity Cheer team. Named 2021 All American Cheerleader. Her platform educates others about hunger awareness and how the national program of Feeding America is represented by our local food pantry, Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry in Webster Parish. She believes in the power of volunteerism and the idea that one person with another can make a difference. It’s called the strength of something.
Kylie Claardy lives in Waynesboro, Los Angeles. It is a major in Business Administration at ULM. Her program Remembers: Awareness and Research on Alzheimer’s Disease.
Olivia Katherine Blackwelder is the 17-year-old daughter of Kent and Lindsay Blackwelder from Minden. She is a freshman at Glenbrook School where she serves as the head of the junior classes and is a cheerleader who plays basketball and runs at the Apache Racecourse. Olivia is a member of the National Honor Society and has an average score of 3.8. She’s excited to promote her social impact initiative It’s OK to Be Me: I have ADHD. Should she be chosen to be the next Miss Minden Brilliant Teen, Olivia is looking forward to sharing her story and encouraging others to embrace what makes them different with confidence.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rachel Elisa Singleton, majoring in biology in the second year, with a double minor in Spanish and Interactive Media in the introductory track, attended Spelman College. Rachel has a dynamic personality, an impressive list of academic achievements, an outstanding record of service to her community, as well as an inspiring talent for art. Rachel’s Platform is Rachel’s Grammar Rewritten Rachel’s Grammar rewritten focuses on Rs 3 – Recompilation, Upgrade, Reboot – that strives to take the best of what exists and make it even better. The first “R” group focuses on prioritizing the health and education of our youth by emphasizing the importance of physical fitness, mental health and learning. The second “R”, Rise, emphasizes the importance of an important pedagogical basis. It’s time to focus on our future and make sure that every Louisiana kid has the foundation to be great. Rachel plans to work with country leaders to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to gain a great foundation in science, technology, art and math through mentorship and toolkits that will introduce children to the amazing possibilities that STEAM can provide! Time to get up, Louisiana! The third and final “R” focuses on bringing back the sense of community! Rachel plans to promote a proposal to inspire commitment to our communities and our youth. Rachel designed a mentorship program to help children early in kindergarten start participating in community service. The program will promote self-love and community love. After graduation, Rachel plans to attend Columbia University Medical School, where she hopes to become a neurosurgeon and earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Through her service and mentor work, Rachel is an active community leader and has engaged in more than 200 hours of community service in 2021. Rachel’s educational foundation, dynamic personality and inspiring energy, along with her passion for high achievement and passion for her community will undoubtedly lead her to greatness as she strives To achieve her goals and achieve her dreams.