By Paige Nash
It’s not a secret that our reigning Miss Minden, Anna Claire Lemoine, is beautiful, classy, sophisticated and super talented. These attributes along with a lot of hard work earned her a third runner up placing at the 2022 Miss Louisiana Pageant this month.
Anna Claire also has a heart for volunteering. This passion began when she was very young through witnessing her grandparents, Steve and Janis Bryan, serve as members of the Minden Civitan Club. The club was established in 1941 and was founded to specifically help the developmentally disabled within our community through special projects. These projects include their yearly Civitan Santa event and the Special Kid’s Day at the fair. The Minden Civitan Club is also a great supporter of Special Olympics.
“Through their volunteering I was able to see just how important volunteering is for athletes with intellectual, as well as physical disabilities,” said Lemoine.
After beginning her freshman year at Glenbrook School, Anna Claire began working with their Junior Civitan Club, which gave her the opportunity to volunteer her time in support of track meets and bowl-a-thon events for the Special Olympics.
When she was deciding on what her social impact platform for Miss Louisiana would be, Special Olympics was an obvious choice. Special Olympics relies heavily on supporters and volunteers to make their mission possible, which is to provide training and competition sports for children and adults with disabilities, while simultaneously promoting acceptance and inclusion.
“Since being crowned Miss Minden, I of course had the honor and opportunity to compete for Miss Louisiana, but I have also had other local opportunities,” Lemoine said. She has been able to volunteer at the annual St. Jude fundraiser and 5k, the grand opening of Miller Quarters Park and serve as a guest judge for local school pageants.
“I think one of the greatest opportunities though is to serve as a role model for younger girls and specially to help mentor my Fleur de Lis Princesses who accompanied me to Miss Louisiana,” said Lemoine.
What’s next for our Miss Minden? Anna Claire will be attending Louisiana State University in the fall, majoring in Pre-Dental. She will also be continuing her journey within Miss Louisiana in hopes to further expand upon her platform and assist in helping develop the organization.
“I am certainly enjoying my time as Miss Minden, and I am looking forward to competing for another title again next season,” said Lemoine.
You haven’t seen the last of her yet.
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