Western-theme pageant names Dakota Henry Miss Rayne
Lisa Soileaux ~Assistant Editor
Against a western theme including decorating noted throughout the Civic Center and down to the dance routine by the contestants, a new partner was welcomed to the royalty representing the City of Rayne, Dakota Henry, who was crowned Miss Rayne 2009 during the annual pageant.
The new Miss Rayne is the 16-year-old daughter of Ricky and Renee Henry of the Mire community. Dakota is an incoming junior at Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish who is involved in public speaking, acting, dancing and gymnastics. She is also a member of the ND cheerleading squad, Speech and Drama Club, 4-H Club, Campus Ministry, and Tennis Team.
Crowning her successor was the outgoing royalty, Angelle Hollingsworth, daughter of Jimmy and Pam Hollingsworth of Rayne, who completed a very eventful year serving the City of Rayne as its ambassador.
Completing the presentations to the new Miss Rayne were Mayor Jim Petitjean and committee members Josie Henry and William LeBlanc, who awarded Dakota with her banner, floral bouquet and basket filled with goodies from the City.
Named Ray*la*ne Princess for the Rayne event was Kayla Jane McFalls-Fontenot, 17-year-old daughter of Jimmy and Norellie McFalls-Fontenot of Rayne. She was sponsored for the event by Fontenot Insurance Co. in Rayne. Making the presentations were Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Molbert and Chamber President Angie Broussard.
Kayla was also presented the People’s Choice Award, an honor resulting in votes directly from the audience. Proceeds of the collections go towards the Miss Rayne Scholarship Fund. Making the presentation was committee member Ellen Guidry.
Princess to represent the City of Rayne at the International Rice Festival in Crowley was Morgan Daigle, 16-year-old daughter of Dr. Rowdy and Angela Daigle of the Indian Bayou community. She was sponsored for the event by Gretchen Cormier representing Curves for Women. Making the presentations were Councilman Gerald Foreman and Miss Rayne 2007 Jennifer Robichaux.
Morgan was also voted by the contestants as Miss Congeniality and was presented her award by Miss Rayne 2005 Ariel Mire.
Selected as the City of Rayne’s Princess to the Church Point Buggy Festival was Jasmine Daney Cook, 17-year-old daughter of Connie L. Cook of Rayne. She was sponsored for the pageant by the Ebonite Social and Civic Club, Inc. of Rayne. Making the presentations were Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Molbert and Miss Rayne 2004 Mandy Quebodeaux Blackmon.
Serving as mistress of ceremonies was Cheryl McCarty, Cultural Director for the City of Rayne, who introduced the Rayne royalty in attendance, including Frog Festival Queen Chelsea Richard, Frog Festival Teen Queen Kelsey Primeaux, Junior Frog Festival Queen Alaina Picard, Deg Frog Festival Queen Holli Mire, Ms. Frog Festival Queen Kristy Curlee, Miss Tadpole Payton Broussard, and Golden Frog Festival King and Queen Herman and Rose Stelly.
Former title holders in attendance were Betty Chaisson Langlinais (1954), Rose Marie Robichaux Stelly (1957), Shelly Melancon Savoie (1992), Claire Trahan Meche (1998), Jennifer James Autin (2001), Mandy Quebodeaux Blackmon (2004), Ariel Mire (2005), Chelsea Richard (2006) and Jennifer Rochaux (2007). Each was presented a special gift from Miss Rayne 2008 Angelle Hollingsworth.
Miss Rayne Committee members were Angie Broussard, William LeBlanc, Ellen Guidry, Brooke Berzas, Josie Henry, Allison Guidry, Miles Boudreaux, and dance choreographers Kelsey Primeaux, Jan Comeaux and Allison Guidry. Thanks are also expressed to Nicole Guidry of St. Martin Bank and Trust Co. who calculated the scores for the evening.
Also introduced during the pageant were the visiting queens from throughout the state.
Serving as judges for the 2009 pageant were Rick Jones of Lafayette, Jennifer James Autin of Youngsville, and Claire Trahan Meche of Rayne.