queen reaction

Harvest Festival Queen Danielle Jones reacts to being crowned queen of the 2020 Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals at its annual convention on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Community Center of Pointe Coupee is excited to announce its 2020 Royal Court in honor of this year’s Mardi Gras parade entitled, “At the Movies.”

This year’s court of four young ladies will reign over the parade on Saturday, Feb. 22, when one of these ladies will be crowned queen. Members of the Royal Court are Joy Da Spurlock, Kiah Ford, Diamond Derozan and Anesia Malveaux.

On Mardi Gras Day, the king will be unmasked and the annual parade will move through the streets of New Roads beginning at 11 a.m.

Joy Da Spurlock is the daughter of Vernita A. Benton-Spurlock and Henry Spurlock. She is a second-semester freshman at Southern University.

She is one of 10 children and is blessed with two nieces and three handsome nephews. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Benton and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Spurlock Sr. Her aunt Ebony K. Benton is a former Community Center of Pointe Coupee queen.

Joy Da is truly enjoying life and is making beautiful memories that will always remain in her heart. She graduated from Livonia High School in May 2019 and made her debut with Louisiana Tri-Parish Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 2018.

Joy Da reflects on what awesome experiences God has blessed her with and just to think, she is only standing on the first step of her life journey. Because of her longtime love for children, Joy Da plans to pursue a career as a pediatrician. She is starting that career by attending Southern University School of Nursing.

Kiah Ford is a second-year political science major at Northwest Vista College (NVC) in San Antonio, Texas, in which she will be graduating with her associate’s degree in liberal arts in May.

During her time at NVC she has served as the  president of the Black Student Union, secretary of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society, an intern for the Learning to Lead program, and has become an active member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Kiah is the president of the Student Government Association as well as the secretary chair for both the Alamo Colleges: Student District Council, and the San Antonio Higher Educational Representative Assembly.

Outside of school, Kiah is the reigning Miss Black San Antonio Queen and an active member of the Alamo Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Black Lawyers Association and the Association for American Colleges and Universities.

After graduation, she will attend Southern University in Baton Rouge to further her studies. Her future goal is to become the mayor of the “Prettiest City on the Water,” New Roads.

A quote that she lives by is “Never forget where you came from. Living by this quote to me means giving back to my community and my home, New Roads.”

Because of this, Kiah is working to open her own non-profit: PursuingNewRoads.

PursuingNewRoads will focus on continuing the development of New Roads while also finding “new roads” as in new paths for youth. If she were to give any advice to the residents of New Roads, she would say to never give up and it’s never too late.

Go back to school, start your business, apply for the job! The word “no” does not equate with never. We all must begin somewhere.

Diamond Theresa De’Nay Derozan is the  daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell and Sherlanda Derozan. She is the younger sister of Russell Dewayne Derozan Jr.

Diamond is a 2019 graduate of Livonia High School. She attends St. Luke Baptist Church in Ventress, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. A.J. Haynes.

She is enthusiastic and does not mind helping out in whatever needs to be done. Diamond is enrolled at Baton Rouge Community College in the medical field, where she holds a 3.166 GPA and is on the honor’s list.

Diamond has achieved her CPR license and worked on her certified nursing assistant license while attending high school. Also, in July 2019, Diamond had the opportunity to participate in the Louisiana Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Louisiana Tri-Parish Debutante as a Delta Deb. Diamond placed Miss Duchess, Miss Poise and Most Memory for the 2019 Cotillion season.

After completion of her medical training in May, Diamond’s intentions are to move to Southern University this coming fall to further her education in the nursing field.

Diamond’s favorite hobbies are working at her job at Hot Tails, spending time with family and her friends, shopping, and cooking delicious meals. Diamond’s future plans are completing college, obtaining her masters of science degree and becoming a traveling nurse. Diamond knows that with God all things are possible.

Anesia Renee’ Malveaux is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd and Michelle Malveaux Jr. and the granddaughter of Betty Bradford and Floyd Malveaux Sr.

Anesia is a sophomore honor student at Central Catholic High School in Morgan City, where she is active in sports and dance. Her hobbies include cooking, choreography and volunteering in the community.

Anesia’s plans after graduation are to attend Southern University and major in nursing. While at Southern University, Anesia aspires to perform alongside the baddest band in the land, “The Human Jukebox” as a Dancing Doll.

Her career goal is to become a travel nurse specializing in neonatal intensive care.