Miss Juneteenth 2023-2024
The 3rd Annual Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant was held at the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum on Sunday evening, June 18, 2023, before an enthusiastic audience of family, friends, and Juneteenth celebrants.
The Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant is not to be mistaken for a beauty pageant, to the contrary, it is a cultural pageant steeped in the African American experience. The pageant is designed to promote sisterhood, unity, and social awareness. Typically, it is the crown jewel of Juneteenth commemorative activities.
The 2023 pageant contestants consisted of an amazing group of highly talented young ladies who attend area high schools. The contestants were Miss Evelyn Johnson, Miss Skyy Perry, Miss Reagan Sinclair Thomas, Miss Kiyah Williamson-Geddes, and Miss Makayla Snelling.
The theme of this year's pageant was "Black Hollywood." The contestants effortlessly performed their routines much to the delight of a very excited audience. As it was last year, the pageant was very competitive, and the crown was vied for by five excellent contestants.
The winner of the 2023-2024 Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant, Miss Evelyn Regan Johnson, the daughter of Mrs. Cheryl Johnson, and a senior at Atlantic Coast High School, was crowned by the outgoing 2022-2023 Miss Juneteenth, Miss Micah Webster-Bass. The 1st runner-up was Miss Reagan Sinclair Thomas, the daughter of Sean and Dr. Charrell Thomas, is a student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. The 2nd Runnerup, Miss Makayla Snelling, the