Plaquemine Service League hosts 2013 Annual Sugar Cane Tea

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Katelyn Persick, Emma Annelise Bergeron, Lauren Nicole Glynn, Sklyar McCormick, Courtney Paige Burruss, Randi Lynne Lively, Cora Mikalynn Glaser and Whitney Lee.

PLAQUEMINE - Katelyn Michelle Persick the eighteen year old  daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Glenn Persick of Plaquemine, was crowned “Miss Iberville Parish” on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at a tea hosted by the Plaquemine Service League in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Crockett Hargrove of Plaquemine.

Everyone enjoyed the hospitality of the Plaquemine Service League members among the fresh garden arrangements and roses adorning the Hargrove home.  The roses and flowers were contributed by League members who also prepared a delicious assortment of hors d’oeuvres including sandwiches, fresh fruit, cheeses, sweets and lemonade served during the tea.

Eight young ladies competed for the honor of representing Iberville Parish as “Miss Iberville” at the annual Louisiana Sugar Cane Fair and Festival held in New Iberia beginning on Friday, September 27 through Sunday, September 29, 2013.  Several Louisiana parish queens will compete for the coveted title of “Queen Sugar.”   Contestants and their mothers applauded as Caroline Mary Landry, “Miss Iberville 2012,” presented a bouquet of roses and crowned the new queen, Katelyn Michelle Persick, “Miss Iberville Parish 2013.”

Two maids included Miss Emma Annelise Bergeron, First Maid and “Iberville’s Sweet,” and Miss Courtney Paige Burruss, Second Maid.  The queen and maids were presented roses and banners made by Service League members.

“Miss Iberville Parish 2013,” Katelyn Persick, will participate in and attend many festival events beginning the evening of Friday, September 27th and continue through Sunday, September 29th.  “Queen Sugar” will be chosen by a panel of judges for her personality, beauty, poise, and intelligence from among the sugar producing parishes that participate.  Parish sugar queens and their “sweets” will reign over the festivities with “King Sucrose” and represent the sugar industry throughout the year.  The festivities will culminate Saturday night with the pageant, coronation and ball.  On Sunday, all parish queens will ride in the “Sugar Growers and Their Royalty” parade with the newly crowned “Queen Sugar” and “King Sucrose’ proudly reigning over Sugarland!

 “Miss Iberville,” Katelyn Michelle Persick, is the eighteen year old daughter of John and Tanya Persick.  Katelyn graduated from Bethany Christian School and now attends Louisiana College in Pineville where she is majoring in elementary education. She has a passion for global missions and has traveled to Romania to work in schools and orphanages. She helps at the food bank and spends time with high school students with learning disabilities. Katelyn enjoys eating barbecue with her family while watching the LSU games and playing volleyball. She also works at the Louisiana College Office of financial aid. 

First Maid, “Iberville’s Sweet,” Emma Annelise Bergeron, is the nineteen year-old daughter of Emma Devillier and Stephen Bergeron of Plaquemine.  She is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and currently attends Louisiana State University, Honors College majoring in physics. Emma served as Miss Evangeline in 2011-2012 and Participated in various service projects.  She enjoys playing the saxophone and being part of the Symphonic Band, cycling and being part of the LSU triathlon Club. She has competed and won for a chemical engineering project on the sugar industry. Emma will attend the festival in New Iberia with Katelyn.

Second Maid, Courtney Paige Burruss, is the eighteen year-old daughter of Robert and Beryl Burruss of Plaquemine.  Courtney is a graduate of St. John High School and will attend LSU in the fall.  She laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and helped with the Wounded Warrior Program.  Courtney has trained to be a cheerleader for eight years and a dancer for fourteen years.  She enjoys being with her friends, reading, movies and dancing. Other contestants in this years’ program included:  Cora Mikalynn Glaser, Lauren Nicole Glynn, Whitney Lee, Randi Lynne Lively and  Skylar McCormick

Judges for the 2013 tea were Danielle Parrish, Angie Guidry Besson and Byron Jude Patureau.

Parrish is originally from the Addis/Bruly area.  She currently resides in Plaquemine.  She was a hair stylist for six years.  She currently works for Loreal Professional as an in salon educator and has been in the beauty industry for a total of 15 years.   

Guidry is a graduate of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.  She has been an educator in Jefferson and Lafourche Parish for 23 years.  She is the Drama Club and 4-H Club Sponsor.  Angie was selected as the 2013 Teacher of the Year at Larose Upper Elementary.  She currently resides in Cut Off with her husband Albert and daughter Ashlyn.

Patureau was born and raised in Baton Rouge.  He graduated from Spring Hill College with a Bachelors degree in Nursing.  He worked at Our Lady of the Lake as a nurse and in Medical Management.  He currently manages a family business Patureau Development, LLC. In  Baton Rouge.  He enjoys spending time at the beach and traveling with his partner, Hunter. 

Paige Hargrove, Sugar Cane Tea Chairman for the Plaquemine Service League, organized and coordinated the contest together with her assistants, Mandy LeGrange, Nicole Blanchard along with Louisiana Sugar Cane Fair and Festival Association Iberville Parish Director, Madeline Kessler.  The “Miss Iberville” contest would not be possible without the volunteer support of the Plaquemine Service League and the funds generated by the Andrew P. Gay family through generous contributions from local sugar cane growers, Cora Texas Sugar Mill, Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso and the Iberville Parish Council as well as local businesses and industries.