Miss Minden contestants send bios, photos

The Miss Minden and Spirit of Fasching Scholarship Competition is set to take place on November 11 at 7 p.m. at the Minden High School Auditorium. 

Every year teens and young women from across the parish and surrounding areas participate in hopes of representing Minden at Miss Louisiana and while doing so, earning scholarship money that can be used to further their education. 

Participants will also have an opportunity to represent themselves and a cause close to their hearts. Miss Minden and Spirit of Fasching is excited to give these young ladies a platform to share what they are most passionate about along with providing future networking opportunities, community involvement opportunities and most of all an opportunity to hold their own space in a room with confidence.  

The Young Women’s Service Club of Minden along with the Webster Parish Journal is happy to highlight each of the women who will be competing for a 2024 title. 

Up first, Hannah Leigh Reeder, 18, of Ruston. 

Reeder is a freshman at Louisiana Tech University where she is working towards a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies. Her goal is to open her own boutique and to intern with the Disney College Program in Merchandising. She is also a cheer coach for I.A. Lewis School and a Tech Admissions student worker. 

Some of Reeder’s past accomplishments include All-American Nominee for the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA). She was named the UCA Game Day National Champion in 2020 and UCA Regional Cheerleading Champion for 2021/2022. She is a member of the Louisiana Tech Sigma Kappa Sorority.  

Reeder’s Community Service Initiative will be “Love Your Heart 4 Life (Healthy Heart Habits).” This initiative is very personal for her considering she has a congenital heart defect. “I have a bovine (cow skin) patch that repaired the holes in my heart,” said Reeder. “My family jokes that they wouldn’t be surprised if I started mooing one day.” 

She stays active through gymnastics, weightlifting and Peloton classes. 

Another issue that Reeder is looking to bring awareness to is peer pressure through social media. She said, “It affects how we feel about ourselves, but it also prevents us from looking for the truth about issues in the world because we rely on social media for news and current events.” 

Reeder’s bucket list includes completing an internship in the Disney College Program, traveling to Europe and being chosen as an orientation leader at Louisiana Tech.  

Come out to the Miss Minden and Spirit of Fasching Scholarship Competition on November 11 to see Reeder’s gymnastic performance to “Great Balls of Fire.”