New Ville Platte royalty selected Sunday evening

The City of Ville Platte and the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) crowned three new representatives Sunday, April 26, during the pageant held at the Northside Civic Center.

Before the winners were announced, the visiting royalty was introduced and outgoing queens Miss Ville Platte Davilyn Johnson, Teen Miss Ville Platte Valli Deshotels and Jr. Miss Ville Platte Lauren Fruge gave their farewell addresses.

Then, it was time to announce the new queens. Brianna Nicole Atchison, the 14-year-old daughter of Amy and Marcus Bergeron and Denise and Chad Atchison of Basile, was named Junior Miss Ville Platte. She is a freshman at Basile High School, where she is a member of FBLA and the Bearcat Voices. Her hobbies include gymnastics, track, softball and spending time with family and friends. After graduating from high school, she plans to attend college to pursue a degree in radiologic technology and get married and raise a family. She also received the most photogenic, people’s choice, miss congeniality and prettiest eyes and hair awards. Caroline Elizabeth Gahn, the 15-year-old daughter of Tommy and Michelle Gahn of Mamou, was named princess; and Omesha Bajahnee Gallow, the 13-year-old daughter of Anthony and Lationa Gallow of Ville Platte, was named first alternate and fashion award winner.

Hannah Danielle Prudhomme, the 16-year-old daughter of James Prudhomme and Julie Prudhomme of Ville Platte, was selected Teen Miss Ville Platte. She is a sophomore at Mamou High School, where she is a member of the Beta Club, FCS, pep squad and 4-H. Her hobbies include fishing, hunting, riding horses, swimming, tanning, four-wheeler riding, shopping and hanging out with friends. After graduating from high school, she plans to attend college to become a pharmacist and get married and raise a family.

Simone Marie Manuel, the 17-year-old daughter of Nathan and Michelle Fontenot of Mamou, was crowned Miss Ville Platte. She is a senior at Mamou High School, where she is a football cheerleader and a member of FBLA. After graduating from high school, she plans to attend cosmetology school and then return to school to pursue a degree in education to become a second grade teacher. Her hobbies include cheerleading, reading, spending time with family and friends, shopping and talking on the phone. She also was named most photogenic and fashion award winner. Danyelle Renee Fontenot, the 18-year-old daughter of Michael and Shani Fontenot of Ville Platte, was named runner-up to the new queen. She received the awards for prettiest hair and eyes.

The three new queens have a fun-filled year of travel ahead, as they proudly represent the City of Ville Platte at fairs, festivals and other events throughout the state. The Miss queen also will have the opportunity to compete for the Cotton Festival Queen title this fall.

Louisiana Tournoi Queen Leigh Phillps served as mistress of ceremonies for the pageant, and Amy Johnson, Phyllis Hughes and Betty Langlinais served as judges.

Door prize sponsors were Blake’s Pharmacy, Phoenix Behavioral Hospital, Citizens Bank and Super Snow.

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