I’m Amaya Addy and I am a sophomore at De La Salle high school. Celebrating Juneteenth is important to me because it is a very crucial point in African American history that although was a struggle, contributes to our great resilience, and sense of community that we have today as African Americans. The physical freeing of ALL the slaves gave us power that we have carried for 150+ years it gave us hope and strength to create better futures for ourselves. I deserve to win the Miss Juneteenth Pageant because it is my mission to remind all people, especially African Americans, about the power and love that comes from them, and how important it is to acknowledge that they have made it this far, despite the story of their history and also the story of their individual lives.
Hi, my name is Jazanna-Marie and I am a junior at Arts Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton, Oregon. I believe celebrating Juneteenth is very important because it celebrates the day our ancestors were physically set free from generations of enslavement, and although we still have to face many disparities, we now have the tools and ability to choose our own paths and futures. I deserve to win the title of Miss Juneteenth because I am a leader among my peers, and when given the right tools and resources, I know that with my black girl magic and creativity I will impact the world in a very positive way.
Hey, my name is La’Maya Thielen and I’m a sophomore at North Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. I believe acknowledging the day of finally being free after all those years is important to celebrate because people need to be more aware that those days are over. I am passionate about empowering black women, like myself, and giving the recognition, and opinions as we deserve to have. I hope to have the Miss Juneteenth title because not only will I use that as an advantage to get out further into the community, but also spread the word that black women specifically have just as much of a say as anyone else and that there are people out there that will listen.
Hello, my name is Marina Williams I attend Edison/Jesuit High School located in Beaverton, Oregon. I believe celebrating Juneteenth is a revolution time for slaves becoming free. I deserve the title of Miss Juneteenth because I’m a young African American girl who would be representing my young black community. Also, I would like to continue leaving a legacy being a positive role model in my community.
Hi, my name is Shai Grigsby and I am a freshman at Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School, otherwise known as HELA. I believe that Juneteenth is important because it celebrates the official end of slavery for people in all of the states in America. I believe that I deserve the title of Miss Juneteenth because I am a determined, confident, ambitious, resilient young black woman and am excited to inform people about Juneteenth and keep Mrs. Clara Peoples memory alive.
Hi, my name Shalo Franklin. I’m a student at Alice Ott Middle School. I think celebrating Juneteenth is important because unlike the Fourth of July, Juneteenth includes Black people and is actually the day enslaved humans got their freedom. I deserve to win the title of Miss Juneteenth because I’m an outspoken girl who stands and fights for justice.
My name is Sierra Boyne and I’m a junior at Westview Hugh School in Beaverton, Oregon. Celebrating and commemorating Juneteenth is important to me because it marks the day that finally all slaves across the country were free from bondage. I deserve to win the title of Miss Juneteenth because I am a strong and driven young woman who always works to help and inspire those around me.
Hi, my name is Tamea Mitchell and I am an upcoming junior attending St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Oregon. To me, celebrating Juneteenth is important because it is a day of rejoicing in celebrating the ending of slavery throughout America. Juneteenth is also important to me because it is a celebration that should be a well-known one all over America. I deserve to win the title of Miss Juneteenth because I am an outgoing and determined young woman who loves and is willing to help others around me in any way possible to create a better atmosphere and safer community.
Hi, my name is Xzahni Phillips. I am a graduating senior from Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. Juneteenth is important to me because it symbolizes the freedom of slavery and honors our African American Ancestors who survived enslavement. I deserve to win Miss Juneteenth because I am a black young woman who has a dream, who wants change within herself and her community, who will and shall not fall as another statistic, a young black woman with a drive that’s unstoppable. I am a person who never gives up no matter what obstacles I go through in life. I want to be a role model for the youth. Winning for me is a start to something beautiful! That is why I believe I deserve to win Miss Juneteenth!