47th Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Oct. 12-14, 2023
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On Saturday September 19th, Canada LaQuinn Sepulvado was crowned the 45th Annual Miss Zwolle Tamale Fiesta. She is the 19-year-old daughter of Timothy and Mattie Sepulvado. Canada’s siblings are Chyna, her older sister, and her younger brother, Kamron, is a sixth grader at Ebarb High School.
Her paternal grandparents are Leroy and Marilyn Sepulvado of Zwolle, Louisiana, and her maternal grandparents are the late George and Eloise Laroux of Zwolle, Louisiana. Canada’s Godparents are Sister Pat Quinn of St. Louis, Missouri, Belinda Williams and Eric Laroux of Zwolle, Louisiana.
Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, reading, shopping, traveling, and meeting new people. She attends St. Joseph Catholic Church. Canada is an honor graduate of Ebarb High School. While in high school she was an active member of BETA, 4-H, FFA, and SADD, FBLA, she played varsity softball, served on the yearbook staff, served as Autism Awareness Ambassador, served as a Sabine Parish 4-H Junior Leader, and participated as an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church Youth Group. She is a member of the VFW Post 5187 Women’s Auxiliary, where she is a trustee. Due to her Native-American heritage, she is a proud member of the Choctaw Apache Tribe of Ebarb. After graduation, she began attending Northwestern State University and where she is an active legacy of Phi Mu Kappa Iota. Canada is pursuing a degree in Psychology/Social Work. She hopes to continue her passion and help children in need.
While participating in many activities that involve citizenship and leadership, she has dedicated her time and effort to help our future generation. In high school, she was a well-rounded active member of various clubs to which she had dedicated hard work and time, she strived to meet the highest of expectations. Each school club has beneficial attributes that made her a better person and, in doing so, prepared her to be a vital part of the community. Canada has been a part of 4-H since third grade. The 4-H organization has brought her out of her shell and has given her many opportunities around the state of Louisiana. She attended camps and conferences that have allowed her to bring back ideas to promote within the school and parish. The biggest honor she had received was the opportunity to serve as a Louisiana Northwest Regional Representative and Citizenship Board. Being a member of FFA for four years has helped her gain knowledge of what agriculture truly means to our planet. Both organizations, 4-H and FFA play a big role, without them she would not be the person she is today. Canada was a member at large for Ebarb High School SADD. She has been a member of this organization for four years. This organization whose aim is to prevent accidents and students from making potentially destructive decisions. Canada has been a member of FBLA for four years. In addition, she competed in district and state competitions. At district, Canada placed in the top five for Public Speaking, then received top ten at the state level. Canada’s passion for sports has always taught her sportsmanship as a member of the varsity softball team since she was in the seventh grade. Canada’s creativity has played a big role in her involvement as a member of the yearbook staff for four years. She has helped create many books that not only publish many memories of her high school achievements, but her hard work. This year has brought Canada many opportunities. She has represented her class as a homecoming maid as she has for the past 4 years. She recently attended the National Youth Catholic Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Canada was awarded as Ebarb High School twelfth grade Student of the Year. In May, she became an honor graduate of Ebarb High School. She took the knowledge to have acquired and plans to further her education.
Canada is looking forward to representing the Tamale Fiesta and is extremely honored and privileged to be Miss Zwolle Tamale Fiesta.
My name is Emmalee Suzanne Lewing, and I am the 40th Annual Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Queen. I am the 17 year old daughter of Keith and Cindy Lewing. My paternal grandparents are Milton Lewing of Many, Louisiana and Linda Morris of La Porte, Texas. My maternal grandparents are Rebecca Procell and the late Gerald Procell of Zwolle. My godparents are Scott and Renay Procell of Zwolle. I have an older sister, Kaitlin, who attends Northwestern State University and is majoring in Biology, and a younger sister, Raeghan, who is a sophomore at Ebarb High School.
I am a senior at Ebarb High School where I am very active in basketball, softball and cheerleading. I am also involved in many clubs and organizations such as: Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Future Business Leaders of America, 4-H, and BETA.
After I graduate, I plan to attend Northwestern State University and major in early childhood education with aspiration of becoming a preschool teacher.
I am a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Ebarb, Louisiana. In the past I have served as an alter server and I currently serve as a Eucharistic minister.
My hobbies include shopping, spending time with my family and friends, reading, playing fetch with my dog, Rebel, and competing in sporting events.
I would like to thank my parents for sponsoring me in the pageant and also everyone else that helped me prepare for this adventure. I am proud to be representing the Tamale Fiesta and the town of Zwolle as the 40th Annual Miss Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Queen.
I proudly invite you to join me in my home town Zwolle, Louisiana the second weekend in October for a sizzling good time!