Kaitlyn Anne Thibodeaux named 2013 Miss Rayne
By Lisa Soileaux
The Rayne Civic Center was transformed into a “Fiesta” Saturday evening as the City of Rayne sponsored the 2013-2014 Miss Rayne Pageant. Crowned as the city’s new queen was Kaitlyn Anne Thibodeaux, daughter of Robert and Tiffany Gossen and Tyler Thibodeaux, all of Rayne.
Making the presentation to the new Miss Rayne were Mayor Roland Boudreaux, committee members Suzette Leonards, Angie Broussard and William LeBlanc, and Taylor Hollier, the 2013-13 honoree who crowned her successor.
The new Miss Rayne is a senior at Rayne High School where she is a member of the RHS Cheerleading Squad and serves as a Student Council officer. She is a parishioner of St. Leo Catholic Church in Roberts Cove and was also named to Rayne’s 1st Annual Mardi Gras Court last year.
Kaitlyn was also presented the People’s Choice Award during the pageant, awarded to the contestant as it is voted upon by the attending audience. She was awarded by committee member Ellen Guidry.
Named the Rice Festival Princess was Katelyn Paige LeDoux, the 16-year-old daughter of David and Delilah LeDoux of Rayne. She is a Rayne High senior and is a member of the RHS Cheerleading Squad, Lady Wolves Softball Team, National Honor Society, National Beta Club and Student Council. Making Katelyn’s presentations were Rayne Council member Mike Doucet and Brittney Reed, the reigning Frog Festival Queen.
Meghan Paige Guilbeau, 18-year-old daughter of Christine and Dale Guilbeaux of Rayne, was selected to represent Rayne at the Courir de Mardi Gras Festival. She is a Rayne High School graduate and is presently a freshman at SLCC majoring in psychology. She was awarded with gifts by Rayne City Council member Ann Washington and Victoria Richard, the reigning Frog Festival Teen Queen.
Named the Church Point Buggy Festival Princess was Chantel Nicole Douresseaux, 18-year-old daughter of Christopher and Carol Douresseaux of Rayne. She is a senior at Crowley High School where she is a member of the Upward Bound Club and Beta Club, while also serving in the Girl Scouts. Making Chantel’s presentations were Rayne City Council member Butch Abshire and Mia Guidry, the reigning Frog Derby Queen.
Named Miss Congeniality during the pageant was Alanna Burnell Plummer, 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Plummer of Rayne. She is a senior at Crowley High School where she is a member of the Student Council, serves as a FCA leader, and captain of the school’s varsity basketball team. Alanna also serves as the reigning Debutante Queen of the Ebonite Civic and Social Club. She was awarded by Rayne City Council member Gerald Foreman and McKenzie Meche, the reigning Frog Jockey Queen.
Serving as emcee for the event was Shawn LaCroix, with judges including Sonya Simon, Karen Guilbeau and Jennifer Autin.
Committee members were Suzette Leonards, Angie Broussard, Josie Henry, Ellen Guidry, Allyson Dischler, Kelsey Primeaux, Dakota Henry, Claire Trahan Meche, William Link, and Nikki Link who provided the choreography for the dance number.
In addition to the numerous special guests in attendance were a number of past Miss Rayne title holders, including Claire Trahan Meche (1998), Jennifer James Autin (2001), Angelle Hollingsworth (2008), Dakota Henry (2009), Kelsey Primeaux (2010) and Adriana Matte (2011).