Rice Festival event: 2009 International Rice Festival Queen contestants
CROWLEY – The selection of the 73rd International Rice Festival Queen will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009, at the Cajun Country Sound Stage in Crowley, Louisiana.
Young ladies between the ages of 17 and 23 from throughout the State of Louisiana are invited to participate in the Queen’s Contest. Contestants will arrive on Friday, October 16, 2009. The 73rd International Rice Festival Queen will attend the Washington, DC Mardi Gras Ball, the Rice Millers Convention in Carlsbad, California, and many festivals throughout Louisiana. The Queen will receive $1,000 for travel expenses, a $500 Cash Scholarship from Iberia Bank, a $500 Cash Scholarship from Sonic Drive-In Restaurants, and a $500 Cash Scholarship from Cajun Country Rice (Falcon Rice Mill).
Alana Catherine Immel, daughter of Alexa and Peter John and Rachel and Jeff Immel, is representing the City of Crowley, sponsored by the Crowley Professional Women’s Club. She is currently attending thee University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Alana’s favorite subjects are architecture and design. She was recently accepted into the college of architecture. Alana’s hobbies include design, art, singing, traveling, photography, scrap-booking and learning to cook (especially food with rice.)
Danielle Alyse Nester, daughter of Tammy and Kevin Nester, is representing Miss Armed Forces/Red, White, Blue and You. She is a student at Louisiana State University. Danielle is a member of the LSU National Honor Society. She has received the LSU Freshmen merit award. Her favorite subjects are anatomy, biology and kinesiology. Her hobbies include painting murals, fishing, playing the piano, exercising and learning to cook. Danielle also enjoys reading and spending time with family.
Angelle Hollingsworth, daughter of Pam and Jimmie Hollingsworth, is representing the City of Rayne. She is a student at Louisiana State University at Eunice and part-time waitress at Rayne Diner. Angelle is an LSUE student recruiter. Her favorite subjects are physiology and microbiology. Angelle’s hobbies include motivating and working with kids and meeting new people through student recruiting. After completing her studies at LSUE with a registered nurse degree, she plans to work in a local hospital.
Amber Leigh Comeaux, daughter of Sharon and Tony Comeaux, is representing the Oil and Gas Festival. She is a student at McNeese State University. Amber’s favorite subjects are microbiology and scuba diving. Amber is a member of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Phi Mu, St. Jude “Up Til Dawn” executive board, and the McNeese student nurse’s association. Her hobbies include running, taking photographs, cooking, reading books that are not required for school, hunting and riding her horse, Bodacious.
Ashley Kristine Wilking, daughter of Paula and Kevin Wilking, is representing St. John the Baptist Church. She is a students at Louisiana State University majoring in human resource leadership development, with a minor in communications studies. Ashley’s favorite subjects include leadership development, interpersonal communication and instructional design courses. Her hobbies include swimming, tae kwon do and playing softball.
Hope Lee Mestayer, daughter of Kim and Tab Mestayer, is representing the Cajun French Music Association. She is a student at McNeese State University. Hope’s favorite subjects are business and Paul Mitchell workshops. Her future plans are to obtain a degree in business and open a full service spa. Hope’s hobbies include cooking, traveling, playing UNO and making her friends look glamorous. She tutors special needs children and volunteers for the Beauregard Parish Fair.
Meghin Frazier, daughter of Phyllis Schilling, is representing the Louisiana Yambilee Festival. She is a student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Meghin’s favorite subject is english. She is a member of the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship organization. Meghin’s hobbies include pageantry, traveling, watching LSU football games and spending time outdoors. She has plans to graduate college and begin a career in elementary education.
Angelle Marie Thomassee, daughter of Keith and Geralyn Thomassee, is representing Shannproductions. She is a full time student at Acadiana School of Cosmetology. Angelle’s favorite subjects are advance hair color, cutting and styling. She volunteers for the Miles Perret Center and is a member of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Race for the Cure. Angelle’s hobbies include dancing, attending football games, spending time with family and speaking French with her grandparents.