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Miss Louisiana Organization kicks off 58th annual pageant

June 14, 2022 GMT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Contenders vying for the title of Miss Louisiana 2022 are in the City of Monroe this week for the 58th annual competition.

Twenty-nine women were introduced by the Miss Louisiana Organization at a news conference Monday at the Jack Howard Theatre in the Monroe Civic Center, The News Star reported.

“We have 29 beautiful young women that will be competing for scholarship dollars this week here at the Jack Howard Theatre,” Miss Louisiana Organization Executive Director Dewana Little said. “One of these young women will be crowned Miss Louisiana 2022 on Saturday night. It’s going to be a fun week.”

Julia Claire Williams, of Kinder and a graduate of University of Louisiana at Monroe, currently holds the title of Miss Louisiana.

The pageant returned in 2021 after its 2020 festivities were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Miss Louisiana 2019 Meagan Crews chose to continue pursuing her education at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Williams succeeded Courtney Hammons, a first-runner up of Crews, who was asked to step in and serve as Miss Louisiana 2020.

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“Working together to build a better tomorrow for future generations matters,” Williams said. “Kindness matters and using our God-given gifts and talents to serve others matters, and I really hope that’s the legacy I left this year as Miss Louisiana.”

Williams is set to attend the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine after she passes on her crown on Saturday.

Monroe Mayor Friday Ellis thanked the Miss Louisiana Organization for continuing to hold the pageant in the city.

“We want to continue to be a great partner for you any way we need to, to keep you here,” Ellis said. “It’s very special to have you guys here and for the 59th year; we want to welcome you back to the City of Monroe. We’re here for you.”

The pageant’s preliminary competitions will be held Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. The finals will be televised statewide Saturday at 8 p.m.