Ja’Kahri Whittaker and Jayla Sullivan were crowned winners of the first Proficient and Saved King and Queen Pageant.


As part of Alfred Carroll Ministries’ No Child Left Behind Evangelistic Outreach, the pageant was held during the annual Proficient and Saved Youth Rally at The Pines mall.


Ja’Kahri is a second grader at Broadmoor Elementary School and attends Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church. Jayla attends First Assembly of God Church and is a sixth grader at Coleman Intermediate School. They each received a monetary award.


First runner ups were Kelby Scarver, a sixth grader at Jack Robey Junior High School, and Justice Sullivan, a fifth grader at Maranatha Academy. They also received monetary stipends.


“When appropriate, King Ja’Kahri and Queen Jayla will share their message on what it means to be proficient in school, and saved as young Christians,” according to a news release.


Nearly 100 students, parents, shoppers and performers attended the rally and pageant. Participants were judged on timeliness, appearance, content, style and audience preference.


Carroll shared a list of preferred appearances the participants will make: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Southeast Arkansas rodeo and Christmas parades, church events and ACM’s Happy Kid Conference.


According to Carroll, Ja’Kahri and Jayla will receive stipends for each event they attend.


Groups and churches interested in inviting the two to their events should call 870-692-9039 for details.