By Paige Nash
This past Saturday Young Women’s Service Club (YWSC) of Minden held their annual Miss Minden and Spirit of Fasching Scholarship Competition at the Minden High School Auditorium where several young ladies showed up to compete for several titles.
The morning competition began with the Baby Miss Division (ages 0 – 17 months) with Rowan Smith taking home the crown. Blakely Adams won the Toddler Miss Minden Division (ages 18 months – 3 years). Viviann Rainey won the Tiny Miss Division (ages 4 – 6 years) with Joanna Bordelon winning the People’s Choice Award. The Mini Miss Minden (ages 7 – 9) title now belongs to Tessa Adams. Adams also took home the People’s Choice Award. The new Pre-Teen Miss Minden (ages 10 – 12) is Kensington Pamintuan. Piper Mandino won the Junior Miss Minden division (ages 13-14), and Isabel Sifuentez won the new title of Miss Heart of Minden (ages 15 – 18).
The Miss Heart of Minden title was developed by the ladies of YWSC this year for ladies who were interested in competing but may not necessarily want to move onto the Miss Louisiana circuit. The 2023 Miss Heart of Minden will serve as an ambassador for YWSC throughout the year, helping to promote events and activities, as well as volunteering and serving alongside the club.
The evening competition drew the crowds in to cheer on for their favorite pick for the crown. Three titles were given out: Miss Minden Outstanding Teen, Miss Spirit of Fasching and Miss Minden.
Izzy Gray stunned the judges with her interview, on stage question, jazz performance and evening gown. She took home the title of Miss Minden Outstanding Teen, as well as Miss Congeniality and the Talent Award. Hannah Reeder of Minden was crowned the 2024 Miss Spirit of Fasching.
The newly crowned Miss Minden 2024 was Maison Wilbanks of Ruston. She also snagged Miss Congeniality, the Talent Award and the Hannah McFarland Style Award. Wilbanks performed a clog routine to Boogie Shoes. She will move on to compete for Miss Louisiana early next year and further share her platform about mental fitness.