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.
Sixteen-year-old Izzy Gray is a contestant for Miss Outstanding Teen.
When she graduates in 2025, the Minden High School Junior plans to attend Christ for the Nation Institute in Dallas. After her freshman year in Dallas, she hopes to transfer to University of Louisiana Monroe to pursue a degree in Dental Hygiene.
Her Community Service Initiative is “The Brown Bag Project.”
“My personal viewpoint on this (social) issue comes from a former place of struggle,” Izzy said. “During junior high, I was a victim of bullying. After moving to a new school and trying to find my place, my self esteem suffered. Young girls battle with comparison and feeling isolated. This generation more than ever needs positive reinforcement to be their unique and authentic self.”
Izzy’s accomplishments include two-time UCA All American Cheerleader, member of the MHS Gregg Yearbook Staff, 11 years of volunteerism with Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry, First Priority Member MHS and active member of Move Student Ministries at The Christian Church at Minden.
Izzy will perform a jazz dance routine to “Shake the Room.”