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June 18, 2014

Juneteenth pageant contestants all beauties

Corsicana — Friday night when the curtain is drawn on the Drane Intermediate stage, not only will one girl walk away with the title of Miss Juneteenth 2014, but all nine girls will be stars.

Michela Renfro, Alexus Walker, Hailey Osborne, Tahrea Johnson, Kendall Curry-Renfro, Gabrielle Haynes, Di’Shanna Nathan, Ashleigh Donaldson and Diamond Miller are all friends.

“The pageant bonds us together,” said Gabrielle Haynes. “We don’t look at it like a competition; we bond together in the sisterhood.”

Tickets will be available at the door for $5.

Michela Renfro, age 14, is the daughter of Wanda Curry and Kevin Renfro. She will be a ninth grader at Corsicana High School this fall, and decided to try the pageant because her friend was in it. Michela likes drawing, basketball, and playing with animals.

Alexus Walker, also 14, is a pageant first-timer, who is shy at times. She will be in eighth grade this fall, and likes babysitting and helping others. She is the daughter of Echo Hooks and Dezerelle Acy.

Hailey Osborne is a veteran pageant contestant, and the daughter of Peter Osborne and Larasha Osborne. She will be a junior at CHS this year, and enjoys volunteer work at nursing homes, working for VOICE Inc., and plays soccer and is a CHS Calico.

Tahrea Johnson, age 17, was second runner up in last year’s Miss Juneteenth pageant. She is a senior at CHS, who is studying culinary arts, audio visual tech, and films the Tiger football games. She enjoys singing and dancing at her church, Johnson Memorial Church of God in Christ. She is the daughter of Petrina Johnson and Derrick Pipkins.

Kendall Curry-Renfro is in her second year of pageant, and loves to laugh and talk — a lot. She is a sophomore, a self-described “people person,” as well as very outspoken and the class clown. She participates in basketball and track in school, and last year was named Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Wanda Curry and Kevin Renfro.

Gabrielle Haynes is 18 years old, and believes you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. She was first runner-up last year in the pageant. She is a senior at CHS, and wants to go to college and become an inspirational/motivational speaker. She is a praise dancer at her church, Griffin Chapel Church of God in Christ, and loves to dance and to laugh. She is the daughter of Ronnah Haynes and Spencer Norris.

Di’Shanna Nathan is a CHS Calico who will be a senior in the fall. She participates in track and field, and competed in powder puff football this year. She is the daughter of Angel Brown-Wallace and Darrick Nathan.

Ashleigh Donaldson also participated in powder puff football, runs track, does powerlifting and is a trainer for football. She is a senior who attends SPOT Community Church. She is 17, and the daughter of Joann and Michael Donaldson.

Finally, Diamond Miller, age 15, is the daughter of Archie and Cassandra Miller. She was last year’s pageant top ticket seller. She is a new Calico dance member, and likes to sing, dance and make new friends. She is a member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, where she also sings and dances, and her goal is to attend Stephen F. Austin University and become a professional dancer.

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer, and may be reached via email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com.

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