Contestants Sought for Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program

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Reigning Natchitoches Queens. Photo by Dennis Manshack.

Contestants are being sought for the 2017 Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. at the A.A. Fredricks Auditorium at Northwestern State University. The Natchitoches Queens Scholarship Program includes the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant, the Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant, the Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Pageant and the Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Outstanding Teen Pageant.

The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant is open to young ladies who will be enrolled in the 12th grade in a Natchitoches Parish school. Participants compete in scholastic achievement, interview, evening wear and onstage question. The winner will be crowned Miss Merry Christmas and will receive a cash scholarship and other prizes and awards. Christmas Belles will also be selected from the pageant participants. Miss Merry Christmas will serve as the official hostess of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival. She and the Christmas Belles will represent Natchitoches at events throughout the holiday season.

The Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant is open to young ladies who will be enrolled in grades 9-11 in a Natchitoches Parish school. Participants compete in scholastic achievement, interview, casual wear, evening wear and onstage question. The winner will receive a cash scholarship and other prizes and is eligible to compete in the Teen Princess Louisiana Pageant in summer 2018.

There is a $75 entry fee to enter the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant and a $50 entry fee to enter the Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant. There must be at least 10 girls entered in the Miss Merry Christmas pageant and five girls entered in the Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant for each pageant to take place. All applications and entry fees for the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant and the Miss Natchitoches Teen Pageant must be returned to the Main Street Office at 781 Front St., Natchitoches, no later than Friday, Aug. 31 at 4:30 p.m.

The Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Pageant is open to young ladies who will be enrolled in the 12th grade through age 24 by Dec. 31, 2018, enrolled in high school or college or meets the state residency requirement. Participants compete in interview, fitness in swimsuit, talent, evening wear and onstage question. The winner will be crowned Miss Natchitoches City of Lights and will receive $1,000 In-Kind Scholarship to Northwestern State University, $7,200 In-Kind Scholarship to Louisiana College, official Miss America Local Crown, custom embroidered sash, appearance package and more. The winner must be available to attend Miss Louisiana State Meeting in April 2018 and the Miss Louisiana State Competition in June 2018 in Monroe.

The Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Outstanding Teen Pageant is open to young ladies who will be 13 by April 13, 2018 and not older than 17 by July 31, 2018. Participants will compete in interview, fitness in sportswear, talent, evening wear and onstage question. The winner will receive official Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Local Crown, custom embroidered sash, appearance package and go on to compete in the Miss Louisiana Outstanding Teen Pageant.

There is a $100 entry fee to enter the Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Outstanding Teen Pageant and participants for the Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Pageant will be required to raise $100 in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals donations in lieu of an entry fee. All applications and entry fees for the Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Pageant and the Miss Natchitoches City of Lights Outstanding Teen Pageant must be submitted to pageant director Gregory O’Quinn via email at gregoquinn78@yahoo.com or mailed to 6801 W 70th Street #44, Shreveport, LA 71129 by Sept. 8.

All applications can be downloaded electronically at http://www.natchitochesla.- gov/news-press-room or picked up at the Natchitoches Main Street Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Janna Jenkins at (318) 352-2746.