Shreveport, LA—LSU Shreveport’s Pearl Merry, an undergraduate alumna and current graduate student, has been crowned Miss City of Lights 2022, a qualifying event for the 2022 Miss Louisiana pageant.

No stranger to pageantry, Merry was crowned Miss LSUS 2017, the university’s first campus queen since 1995. The pageant was revitalized as part of the LSUS 50th anniversary celebration.

Merry graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry concentrating in Biochemistry and with two minors, Biology and Business, in December 2020.

“Words cannot express how excited I am to represent the Miss City of Lights title,” Merry said. “I can’t wait to make a positive impact in my community and empower children through my social impact platform, ‘Kids, Today. Leaders, Tomorrow.’. I’m also thrilled to be competing in Miss Louisiana as many people have been encouraging me and telling me they can’t wait to see me shine! I am excited for what this year will bring and what this new chapter of my life holds!” 

She is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program concentrating in Marketing while conducting medicinal plant research in the LSUS Cyber Collaboratory with Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Dr. Vonny Salim, as a graduate assistant. Her research role, which involves potentially increasing anti-cancer drug production, exemplifies what she aims to cultivate in children with her social impact platform. 

The Miss City of Lights pageant prioritizes the social impact platforms of its contestants, and Merry’s involves motivating and encouraging children statewide to be positive change agents in their communities particularly via STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), music, and the arts.

“Whether it be playing music for the nursing home and hospice, or encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and getting them excited about education and making discoveries, I want these kids to know they can make a difference and that with hard work, they can pursue their dreams,” Merry said.

To set up an interview with Miss City of Lights 2022, Pearl Merry, contact Wendell Riley at or 318-797-5108. 

About Miss City of Lights 

The Miss City of Lights pageant began in 1984 as part of the Natchitoches Queens Pageant. The goals of Natchitoches Queens Pageant are to provide young women with scholarships to further their education and an opportunity to demonstrate and further their commitment to their social impact platform. Once crowned, Miss City of Lights is eligible to compete in the Miss Louisiana pageant. 

About LSUS 

Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university’s mission is to educate a diverse population of graduate and undergraduate students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors.