Julia Claire Williams wins Miss Louisiana 2021 title
Miss Heart of Pilot Julia Claire Williams was crowned Miss Louisiana 2021 on Saturday night at the W.L. "Jack" Howard Theatre in Monroe.
"I'm utterly speechless. I'm super, overwhelmingly excited and — more than anything — grateful. This is something that I feel like I've been preparing for my whole entire life. This is something that I've felt like I built a resume for my whole entire life. I used to look at these girls like celebrities, and now here I am in these shoes," Williams said.
Williams was crowned Miss Louisiana Outstanding Teen 2015. She took a break to focus on her studies. This was her first year to compete for the state title, though she has stayed involved with the Miss Louisiana Organization for the past six years.
"I haven't missed a single Miss Louisiana or Teen pageant," she said. "I've always been around and continued to be here and be involved and support our queens year after year."
Williams majored in biology with pre-med concentration and a minor in chemistry at the University of Louisiana Monroe. She graduated summa cum laude.
She works at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, where she said she lives her social impact initiative daily. Williams encourages everyone to "Find Your FREDDY: Fostering Rewarding Engagements with Disabled and Disadvantaged Youth."
Her initiative was designed in honor of a special needs classmate in elementary school. She wants to see more children interact with others who have special developmental or medical needs.
She hopes to travel the state to advocate for and foster relationships with youth across the state and build connections. She plans to visit all five Children's Miracle Network hospitals in Louisiana and talk to students. Williams would like to build a lunch buddy program in schools or create a pen pal system for students to write kids at CMN facilities.
Williams is ready to serve as role model to young women across the state.
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Other award winners
Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival Kaitryana Leinbach received a $5,000 scholarship as first runner-up. Miss Louisiana Tech Gracie Reichman will get a $4,000 scholarship as second-runner up. Miss Union Parish Jourdan Waddell will get a $3,000 for being third runner-up, and Miss Atchafalaya McKenzie Connelly was fourth-runner up and will get a $2,500 scholarship.
Other Top 10 contestants included:
- Miss University of Louisiana Monroe Allison Newton,
- Miss Green and Gold Lily Gayle,
- Miss Taste of the Twin Cities Asja Jordan,
- Miss Spirit of Ruston Anna-Katherine Thompson and
- Miss Dixie Gem Peach Monica Whitman.
Non-finalist talent winners included: Miss Spirit of Fasching Grace Powell, Miss Pride of Twin Cities Megan Magri and Gayle.
Miss Pride of NSU Madeleine Hensley won Miss Congeniality, and Thompson won the Vantage Healthy Living Award.
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