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Miss ϳԹ Gabrelle McLeod earns 4th Runner-Up honors at Miss Louisiana

Published July 1, 2024

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MONROE, LA – Miss University of Louisiana Monroe 2024 Gabrelle “Gabby” McLeod placed as 4th Runner-Up at the 2024 Miss Louisiana competition on June 15, 2024 at the Monroe Civic Center. In the preliminary rounds of the competition, McLeod won the Health and Fitness Newcomer and Health and Fitness Overall awards.

“Placing top 11 and 4th runner-up is truly an honor,” said McLeod. “Being that it was my first year, I almost counted myself out before taking the stage. Through prayer and great preparation with my director Meghan Olinger, I was well prepared and took on the competition feeling as if I had been doing it for years. Being called up for both will forever feel like a dream,” she added.

“Gabby represented our university with eloquence and grace this weekend,” said Meghan Olinger, Director of ϳԹ Titleholders. “She reminded us all that hard work and perseverance pay off and that the best is truly on the bayou. I am incredibly proud of her!” added Olinger.

Other ϳԹ students who participated in the 2024 Miss Louisiana competition include Miss Dixie Stockshow Katherine McCullars and Miss Louisiana Stockshow Lake Carpenter. McCullars was included in the top 11 contestants. The winner of Miss Louisiana 2024 was Olivia Grace George, Miss Louisiana Watermelon Festival. George will go on to represent Louisiana at the Miss America competition later this year.

McLeod was cheered on at the Miss Louisiana competition by ϳԹ administrators including ϳԹ President Dr. Ron Berry and First Lady Dr. Christine Berry, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Valerie Fields, and Vice President for Enrollment Management and University Relations Lisa Miller.

“Gabby has exemplified how being new to the world of pageantry can yield success when you work hard, prepare well, listen, and have fun,” said Dr. Valerie Fields.

Miss ϳԹ was also supported at the competition and throughout her reign by the ϳԹ Student Government Association (SGA) and the Campus Activities Board (CAB.) SGA President Jadyn Maloney and CAB Miss ϳԹ committee head Kelly Lohman both attended the competition.

McLeod says she appreciates the relationships she forged in the Miss Louisiana competition. “I was able to meet and get to know each sister of my class. I enjoy bonding with others and will never forget the wonderful memories,” said McLeod.

Miss ϳԹ 2024 Gabrelle McLeod is a senior Kinesiology Exercise Science major from Vicksburg, Miss. As a Warhawk, she is always looking for a way to show her love and excitement for the school! She served as a PREP staffer welcoming the class of 2027 to the Bayou. Here at ϳԹ, she is a member of The Black Student Union and Bayou La Belle Choir. After graduating, she plans to continue her education in athletic training and pursue her dream of coaching in athletics. Her Community Service Initiative, “Head in The Game”, is meant to implement and encourage youth fitness. Not only does it help improve our youths’ physical health, but also breaks the barrier of fear to try new things. When she’s not occupied by her studies, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, staying fit, making others laugh, and baking.

McLeod invites everyone to follow her journey at and check out her “Miss ϳԹ Tries...” series as she continues to serve as Miss ϳԹ.

McLeod will continue her reign as Miss ϳԹ until the new Miss ϳԹ is crowned in November.