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Akayshia Barbee was crowned Miss Freedom Pageant queen. Akayshia participates in dance and the Moulton Height Missionary Baptist praise team. She is a founding member of the hip-hop dance team the Bama Girlz. Her goal is to earn a performing arts major.
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Akayshia Barbee was crowned Miss Freedom Pageant queen. Akayshia participates in dance and the Moulton Height Missionary Baptist praise team. She is a founding member of the hip-hop dance team the Bama Girlz. Her goal is to earn a performing arts major.

DHS freshman crowned MLK queen

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com · 340-2432

Decatur High School freshman Akayshia Barbee claimed the crown of queen at the first Miss Freedom Pageant held in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

The 15-year-old received a crown, $100 prize money and a half-dozen roses at the Jan.
13 event at Progressive Christian Outreach Ministry Life Center.

Judges graded contestants in the categories of casual wear; formal wear; and interview /character/self esteem/spokes model.

About Akayshia

Akayshia participates in dance and the Moulton Height Missionary Baptist praise team. She is a founding member of the hip-hop dance team the Bama Girlz. Her goal is to earn a performing arts major in college.

First alternate Trica Emerson won $75 and roses. A Decatur High sophomore, she is a member of Distributive Education Clubs of America. She loves cooking, arts and crafts.

Second alternate Bethany Petty won $50 and roses. The 17-year-old junior attends Decatur High.

She is a manager for the girls basketball team.

She enjoys freestyle dancing and getting involved in community activities to help the young and elderly.

Decatur High’s Tiffany Owens won the $500 academic scholarship.

Huntsville attorney Sherryl Snodgrass Caffey was mistress of ceremonies.

Annetrica Jones choreographed the dance routine that nine local teens performed.

Twanna Ray of Ebenezer Christian Church sang “Let Us Worship Christ Our Savior.”

Peggy Allen, district aide for U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, and Lena M. Warrior, first lady of Progress Christian, were keynote speakers.

Alexus Brianne Massey was honorary awards presenter.

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