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The Miss Louisiana competition returns to Monroe next week

The Miss Louisiana Organization returns to the Civic Center from June 16 to 18 for a competition to find the next Miss Louisiana. The winner of the competition will be the representative for the state of Louisiana in the Miss America pageant.

The Miss Louisiana Organization is more than a beauty pageant for one weekend of every year. Through this organization, young women are given the opportunity to earn scholarships to further their education, grow their personal and social networks, and give back to their community in a way that makes a difference.

The Miss Louisiana Organization also has a place for young girls, aged five to ten, known as the Fleur de Lis Princess Program. Through this mentor program, the girls are mentored by the Miss Louisiana Outstanding Teen candidates as well as the Miss Louisiana candidates. During competitions, the princesses perform on stage and escort their candidates of the pageant. Many of the princesses have gone on to compete for Miss Louisiana Outstanding Teen and Miss Louisiana, some obtaining the title.

Twenty-nine girls will compete in the 2022 Miss Louisiana competition. The contestants will be judged in talent, red carpet, onstage interviews, and social impact initiatives. Among the categories being viewed by a panel of judges during the competition are private interviews. These interviews are conducted by the judges during competition week.

Julia Claire Williams was crowned Miss Louisiana in 2022. Julia Claire currently studies at the University of Louisiana Monroe. During the 2021 competition, her social impact initiative was Find Your F.R.E.D.D.Y., Fostering Rewarding Engagements with Disabled and Disadvantaged Youth. Julia Claire will return during the 2022 competition to perform a dance routine and crown the next Miss Louisiana. Julia Claire said about her time as Miss Louisiana coming to an end, "It is definitely going to be a bittersweet moment. I think that when I pass the crown along, more so the job as Miss Louisiana, to the next lucky young woman to serve in these shoes. But, I am equally as excited to transition into the next chapter of life."

The preliminary competitions begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17. The finals competition will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. All nights of competition will be held at the Monroe Civic Center. The finals competition will be televised live on KNOE.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit Miss Louisiana Organization.