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Kristen Hilliard crowned Miss Southeastern 2007

Contact: Christina Chapple


(1)Kristen Hilliard crowned by Blair Abene(2)Dr. Marvin Yates, Melissa Cannino, Kristen Hilliard, Brandy Hotard, Jim McHodgkins

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(1) KRISTEN HILLIARD WINS 2007 SOUTHEASTERN CROWN -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s new Miss Southeastern, Kristen Hilliard of Covington, receives her crown from her predecessor, Blair Abene of Hammond.


(2) MISS SOUTHEASTERN 2007 WINNERS -- Southeastern Louisiana University Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates and Jim McHodgkins, assistant vice president, congratulate the top contestants in the annual Miss Southeastern pageant, held Feb. 7 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. From left, are Yates, second runner up Melissa Cannino of Hammond, Miss Southeastern 2007 Kristen Hilliard of Covington, first runner up Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, and McHodgkins.

     HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University piano performance major Kristen Hilliard of Covington has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2007.

     Hilliard received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2006 Blair Abene of Hammond at the annual pageant Feb. 7 at Southeastern’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

     A junior, Hilliard won the interview segments of the pageant. For the talent segment, she performed a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti. She is the daughter of Wayne and Mary Hilliard.

     First runner up was junior nursing major Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, who won the talent segment. Second runner up was organizational communication graduate student Melissa Cannino of Hammond, who placed first in the swimsuit and eveningwear categories.

     Cannino also received the “People’s Choice” award, which was determined by the amount of donations contestants collected for TARC, Abene’s platform as Miss Southeastern 2006.

     The Miss Southeastern pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system. Hilliard will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe June 16. Abene was first runner up at last year’s pageant. 

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