Contestants are young ladies ages 8- 18. They are divided into three categories Juniors (ages 8-11) Showcase (ages 12-14) and Seniors (ages 15-18). Sessions begin in the month of February with workshops on etiquette, social skills, essay writing, public speaking, modeling, nutrition, proper attire, African American history and spirituality. Community service is also an integral part of the program.
The Delaware Juneteenth Association (DEJA) Pageant and Family Enrichment Program was also developed to accommodate the contestant families.
Preparing for the stage…
So much happens behind the scenes. Parents play a very intricate role in helping all contestants pray, prepare lines, move last minute props and get out any last minute jitters before gracing the stage.
Throughout the competition and in interviews, senior candidates have additional opportunities to advocate for their social impact initiatives and to demonstrate how they are uniquely qualified for the exciting and challenging 365-day job of being Miss Delaware Juneteenth.