Gonzales Jambalaya Royalty presented

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
2015 Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Alyssa Hughes and 2015 Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Grace Graugnard

2015 Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Alyssa Hughes is the 18-year-old daughter of Preston and Pam Hughes. She is a senior at Dutchtown High School and is also duel enrolled at River Parishes Community College and Southeastern University. Alyssa has been involved in the Allied Health Program at Dutchtown High School, and she aspires to one day become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She introduced the idea to create an organization to raise awareness of proper child restraints in vehicles. Her idea, now an organization called Sit, Strap, Save, has distributed over 150 car seats to families throughout Louisiana. Alyssa says, “There is no greater honor than to represent the wonderful people of Ascension Parish and the hardworking volunteers of the Jambalaya Festival as this year's Miss Gonzales Jambalaya. With this title comes the opportunity and responsibility.”

2015 Teen Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Grace Graugnard is the 16 year old daughter of James and Rebecca Graugnard.  Grace has been a 3 year member of the Dutchtown High School Griffin Girls, National Beta Club, and Spanish Club.  She maintains a 4.5 GPA and serves as the Sophomore Historian for the Student Council.  Grace placed first as an oratory competitor at the District Beta convention.  She also placed second in Spanish II at the District Literary Rally.  Grace also founded the Kindness Cards Project at Dutchtown High where students receive anonymous cards with positive messages on them.  Grace will take this opportunity to  enable her to be a hostess to the city that raised her. She would like to encourage young ladies to follow their dreams just as Grace is doing now.