Lake Charles own, the states First Lady and Miss Louisiana USA 2016, Maaliyah Papillion, is headed to Las Vegas to compete in the Miss USA Pageant 2016. So whatever you do mark your calendar for June 5th.  The show will air at 7:00 p.m., live from the T-Mobile Arena and our hometown girl is going to need our support and our votes.  We here at The Peoples Station 107 Jamz wanna send Maaliyah a MAJOR shout-out and wish her the very best.

Miss Louisiana USA 2016- Maaliyah Popillion
Miss Louisiana USA 2016 - Maaliyah Popillion

When asked about her recent accomplishment of being crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2016 and representing her state at Miss USA 2016, she said simply,

“I am so humbled to be crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2016! mark your calendar for Miss USA June 5th, live at 7:00 pm from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.This has been a dream of mine for a long time now and I couldn’t be happier to represent my state at Miss USA this year. There is no secret to success, all you have to do is believe!”

There's no doubt Maaliyah is ready.  She certainly has everything it takes and more to win the prestigious tittle.  Unlike most who've spent their lives competing, Maaliyah's journey in the pageant world began in 2011.  However, Maaliyah has not only proven to be a natural, but a fierce competitor and the hard work has paid off in more ways than one. She worked her way up from 4th runner-up at Miss Teen Louisiana USA in 2011, to 2nd runner-up at Miss Teen Louisiana USA in 2012 and 2013.  She then went on to be among the TOP 10 of Miss Louisiana USA in 2015, to finally succeeding Miss Louisiana USA 2015 – Candice Bennatt and being crowned Miss Louisiana USA 2016.

Miss Louisiana USA 2016 - Maaliyah Popillion
Miss Louisiana USA 2016 -Maaliyah Popillion

Now Maaliyah is hoping to continue her success by winning the ultimate honor of being crowned Miss USA 2016.  Lets help her do that Louisiana!  This year, there will be a voting poll online and the young woman with the most votes will win the "People's Choice Award." Maaliyah is representing our city and our great state on the national stage, so let show her we got her back.  Right now she's currently in first place, so lets keep her there!

Click here and select her name.  Press vote at the bottom.  Scroll back to the top and you will see "thank you for voting," which lets you know your vote has been counted.  From there REPEAT THE PROCESS AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN.  Voting is unlimited!  You may have to close and open the site every now and then, but just keep voting.

PLEASE NOTE VOTING ENDS JUNE 4, 2016 AT 12 MIDNIGHT

Good luck Maaliyah!  Click here to see all of this years contestants