Miss Juneteenth

Chicago 2024

The mission of the Miss Juneteenth Chicago Scholarship Pageant is to empower the next generation of leaders through personal development, leadership training, and scholarship opportunities. Our five pillars are Scholarship, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Leadership, and Purpose.

About Miss Juneteenth Chicago

Imagine owning the spotlight, embodying not just elegance but the forefront of intelligence, beauty, and compassion!

If you're a bold, driven young lady between 13-18, with a passion for education, community, culture, leadership, and intentions that matter, then you are in the right place. Prepare to shine as the next Miss Juneteenth Chicago 2024.

You'll compete in scholastic achievement, private interviews, evening gown elegance, and deliver a powerful closing declaration. Our Miss Juneteenth Chicago victor will be adorned with an exclusive crown and sash, receive a trove of gifts from our benefactors, and an educational scholarship.


As a scholarship pageant, we expect participants in this program to prioritize academic excellence. The winner of the competition will be rewarded with a scholarship to support her educational goals.

Community Service

During her year of service, Miss Juneteenth will attend events across the Chicagoland area and promote an initiative that she deems important in her community.

Cultural Awareness

Miss Juneteenth is cognizant, observant, and conscious of matters concerning her community. She actively seeks ways to bring awareness to issues facing her community and peers.


Every young lady in our program is born with a purpose. Our goal is to provide a safe and

educational environment that encourages participants to pursue their purpose with confidence.


It is important that Miss Juneteenth serves as a leader in her community and the classroom. As an organization, we will have leadership workshops for contestants throughout the year.

Areas of Competition:

Academics (20 %) - Contestants will be scored on their cumulative GPA and academic achievements

Private Interview (30%) – Contestants will have an interview with our panel of esteemed judges. Interviews will be five(5) minutes and topics will be provided in advance,

Formal Wear (20%) – Contestants will showcase their style, poise, and confidence on stage in a floor-length gown.

On-Stage Presentation (30%) Contestants have one minute to present a speech to the audience on a pre-selected topic.


Meet the Director

Hello Queen!

I am Jessica Owens and I am excited to present the Miss Juneteenth Chicago Pageant. I am the reigning Ms. Black Illinois USA 2024 and I have been in the pageant world for 20 years. I have competed in various pageant systems and I have won four prestigious pageant titles. Additionally, I have served as a judge and a director.

I am an author, speaker, and the founder of Crown Chasers Pageantry and Etiquette Academy where I help build the confidence of young women through pageantry and etiquette training. Through the Miss Juneteenth Chicago Pageant, I hope to create opportunities for participants to engage with their communities, advocate for causes they care about, and develop the confidence to lead their generation.

I am looking forward to meeting you and growing this program in years to come.


Miss Juneteenth Chicago 2024

Tentative schedule:

5/19,5/22, 5/25 - Virtual Information Sessions

6/9 - Applications Due

6/15 – Preliminary interviews

6/19 - Crowning of Miss Juneteenth Chicago

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