Miss Renea Elizabeth Cunningham will reign as Queen of the Spring Festival Court presented by the St. Denis Art League at its 52nd annual ball on the campus of Northwestern State University in the Sylvan Friedman Student Union Ballroom.
Renea is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Murray Cunningham. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Ray Penny of Coushatta, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Payne Cunningham Sr. and the late Marva Glover Cunningham of Natchitoches.
A senior at St. Mary’s High School, Miss Cunningham is active in both school and community activities. In high school, Renea was a four-year member of the Lady Tiger golf team where they qualified for state the last two years. She also served as the statistician for the Lady Tiger State Champion Basketball team. She will graduate high school with a 3.96 cumulative GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has also participated in FBLA, FCA, BETA and Student Council. During her senior year, she was selected as a member of the Homecoming Court. Renea plans to major in accounting at Louisiana State University.
In the community, Renea is a member of the Minor Basilica of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was on the Summer Dance Committee, a member of Leo Club, and served for seven years as a Calico Belle during the Natchitoches Tour of Homes. Renea is also a member of the court for the Holiday in Dixie Plantation Ball.
The Cunningham family has been involved in the League’s celebrations for many years. She served as herald to Queen Hillary Elisabeth Ackel Bodden in 2010 and as an usher in 2018. Her brothers, Reagan Spencer Cunningham and Ryan Alexander Cunningham, were presented as Gentlemen of the Court in 2016.
Queen Renea Elizabeth Cunningham was formally presented at the annual Spring Festival King’s Party Sunday, March 8, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Billy Joseph Harrington at the Natchitoches Historic Foundation Headquarters, formerly the Cunningham Law Office.
Four young ladies will serve as Heralds to the King and Queen at the 52nd annual Spring Festival Court presented by the St. Denis Art League.
Serving as Heralds to King Jerry Darrell Pierce are Allie Estelle Ducote and Sophia Alyce Pleasant.
Allie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith David Ducote. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Darrell Pierce, the late Ronald Wayne Prewitt, Mrs. Gloria Jean Ducote and the late Byron James Ducote. Allie’s hobbies include playing softball, cheerleading, and time enjoyed with her three sisters. Her mother, the former Natalie Prewitt, was presented as a Lady of the Court in 2001. Allie just completed the third grade at NSU Elementary Lab School.
Sophia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Delane Pleasant. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Lamar Toal and Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Lyn Pleasant. Sophia is a PGA Drive, Chip, and Putt State Finalist and has medaled in Cross Country while maintaining a 4.0 at her school. Her hobbies include travel softball which she has several championship rings, she also enjoys art and dance. Sophia attends St. Mary’s School.
Serving as Heralds to Queen Renea Elizabeth Cunningham are Caroline Elizabeth Johnson and Mikayla Rose Slaughter.
Caroline is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron David Johnson. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dwight Vienne Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Allen Johnson. Her hobbies include art, tumbling, gymnastics and cheer. She also enjoys hunting. Her mother, the former Lisa Vienne, was presented as a Lady of the Court in 1994. Caroline is a student at St. Mary’s School.
Mikayla is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Jason Slaughter. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Keith Fontenot and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Irvin Slaughter. She enjoys playing volleyball, softball, gymnastics and loves completing art projects. Her sister, Morgan Slaughter, was presented as a Lady of the Court in 2018. Mikayla just completed the fourth grade at NSU Elementary Lab School.