A DeRidder graduate will represent the state of Louisiana in the national 2018 Miss Nationwide Competition.

During her reign as Miss Louisiana Nationwide 2018, Saxony Raqueal Graves of Shreveport will promote her platform related to supporting education, entrepreneurship and leadership.

She plans to do this by creating a dialogue amongst peers about life, goals and ambition. The initiative is entitled “More Than Pretty!”

Graves’s platform is an extension of her everyday life as she is active in volunteering and mentoring with the Volunteers of Louisiana, Habitat for Humanity and the Providence House.

Graves also volunteers and works with youth in her community motivating and empowering them to achieve their goals and dreams.

“Volunteering allows me to hear about the next generation’s goals and dreams,” Graves said.

After graduating from DeRidder High School in 2011, Graves earned a pharmacy technician certification in 2012.

She is currently working toward a Bachelor’s of Science degree in toxicology from the University of Louisiana - Monroe. From there, Graves plans to pursue a Master of Science, Toxicology. She hopes to develop a career in clinical toxicology.  

In her spare time, Graves enjoys going on cruises, baking, thrift shopping, bowling and walking her dog.  

The Miss Nationwide Charitable Foundation’s mission is to provide scholarship awards within a competitive system designed to enhance educational and career opportunities for young women.  

By encouraging young women to serve as positive role models through service, personal development and volunteerism in their communities, the Foundation provides opportunities, that foster self-empowerment, personal confidence, and service to the community.  

The National Competition will be held July 2018 in Council Bluffs, Iowa where Miss Nationwide 2018 will be crowned after competing in several areas of competition including interview, platform statement and presentation, personal style and expression, evening gown, on-stage questions and state costume.