A panel of judges selected Tamiko Terraz Stroud as Miss Donaldsonville Teen 2015.
Local celebrity performers Kaelan Levy and Kentrell Benett hosted the competition Saturday night at the Lemann Memorial Center in Donaldsonville.
Stroud, a 16-year-old from Donaldsonville, is a junior at Donaldsonville High School and dually enrolled at River Parish Community College in their Early College Options Program. She is the President of the City of Donaldsonville’s Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and a member of the Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council. As a songstress, Tamiko has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and has written and copyrighted two songs. She has been recognized by the River Road African American Museum for her participation in their Sign Language Ensemble and spreading the word about the importance of the museum’s purpose of sharing the contributions of black Louisianans to the world.
The judging panel for the 2015 Miss Donaldsonville Teen Pageant included Cathy McLeod, Miss Black Teen Louisiana US Ambassador, a freshman at Dillard University and co-founder of the non-profit A.B.L.E. which stands for Ambitious, Beautiful, Leaders of Excellence which encourages young ladies to stand in the face of adversity and make a difference in the world around us; Michael Key also known as Kool DJ SupaMike is a St. Louis native who started mixing for local parties while a Junior in high school. He has appeared on BET’s Rap City in the Basement as well as serving as the official DJ for the MTV2 2 Dollar Bill Tour. SupaMike was most recently recognized as the Most Influential DJ in Baton Rouge by Source; Amber Nicole Shelby is a Southern University Alumna receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising & Textiles. She is a former member of the Southern University Volleyball team and former coordinator and member of the Collegiate 100 Black Women of Southern University. Amber also coaches a youth club volleyball team “Louisiana Volleyball”; Felicity DuPont is a native of Eunice, Louisiana. Throughout high school and college Felicity modeled for About Faces Modeling & Talent Agency . She is an Alumna of Louisiana State University with Bachelors in Education. Felicity currently consults and trains women of all ages on how to properly use skin care and make-up products produced and sold by MaryKay; and Senator Troy Brown a native of Napoleonville, Louisiana, currently residing in Gesimar, LA. Senator Brown received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University. He is the CEO of Home-Health PCA, LLC and Troy Brown Construction. He also serves as a Senator for District #2 State of Louisiana. Kaelan Levy and Kentrell Benett aka “Fresh” performed as guest vocalists.
The 2015 Miss Donaldsonville Teen Pageant featured contestants from Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, and Vidalia. Contestants were judged in five categories: talent, interview, athletic wear, fun fashion, and evening gown.
Bria Virgil, CEO of Pretty With A Purpose crowned the 1st Miss Donaldsonville Teen successor at the conclusion of the pageant. The platform for Miss Donaldsonville Teen 2015 is the River Road African American Museum. All proceeds of the pageant will be donated to the Museum.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the River Road African American Museum, we would like to thank Pretty With A Purpose Founder Bria Virgil for bringing this excellent event to Donaldsonville. It is wonderful to see young people engaged in positive activities like this. We appreciate Bria and the contestants efforts to help the Museum”, stated Kathe Hambrick- Jackson, Executive Director of the River Road African American Museum.
The final results were:
First Runner Up: Tracee Monique Albert (Vidalia) will assume the duties of Miss Donaldsonville Teen if for some reason Miss Donaldsonville Teen cannot fulfill her duties.
Second Runner Up: Whitney Baker (Donaldsonville).
MISS PHOTOGENIC Award: Tamiko Terraz Stroud (Donaldsonville). The panel of judges selected the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera.
MISS CONGENIALITY Award: Tracee Monique Albert (Vidalia) . This award reflects the respect and admiration of the contestants’ peers, who voted for both as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant.
The Pretty with a Purpose Organization was founded by Bria Virgil. The co-founder is Treazure Cole. This organization is centered on building young girls confidence. It is based off the idea that every girl should have confidence and not be afraid to achieve their dreams. Self-worth is obviously a growing issue in the nation when it comes to young and adolescent girls, and The Pretty with a Purpose Organization is the answer. Our pageants provide a local platform through dedicated partnerships with charities and sponsors. During their reign, our winners are given the tools to personally and professionally enrich others by providing humanitarian efforts to affect positive change in their communities and the State of Louisiana, all while developing their personal career goals. For more information, and to learn more about Pretty With A Purpose, visit www.iamprettywithapurpose.com.