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.
Nineteen-year-old Maison Clair Wilbanks of DeRidder, is the third Miss Minden Contestant to be recognized.
Maison is a full time student at Northwestern State University, NSU WRAC fitness instructor, childcare worker at Freedom Life Church, babysitter and waitress at Flying Heart Brewery.
Being mentally fit is not only her community service initiative, it is her life’s ambition for others. She plans to pursue her doctorate in Psychology and Addition Studies to enable her to work with underprivileged children.
Maison’s social issue is to make the public aware of violence.
“I live in a generation that has developed violence as a way of coping and/or making their voices feel heard,” Maison said. “It is critical that we bring awareness to this and educate today’s generation and the younger generations that their voice is and will be heard without the use of violence.”
In addition to mental fitness, Maison believes in physical fitness. She is constantly in the dance studio or on the track but also loves lifting weights.
“I am a double collegiate athlete,” she said. “I have competed in every sport at least once in my life.”
Accomplishments include Presidential Leadership Program, Student Government Association, Phi Mu, Demon Dazzler Dance Team, Track & Field, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Baptist Collegiate Ministry and NSU WRAC Yoga instructor.
Three items on Maison’s bucket list over the next five years include achieving her doctorate degree, traveling outside the country on a mission trip to a third world country and competing on the Miss Louisiana stage.
For her talent Saturday, Maison will clog to Boogie Shoes.