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Eight contestants compete for Miss Southeastern 2007 crown Feb. 7

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  (1)Amanda Blanchard (2)Gabrielle Borens (3) Brandie Bruno  (4) Melissa Cannino 

(5) Kristen Hilliard (6) Brandy Hotard (7) Michelle Sanderson  (8) Andressen Strong

(1) Amanda Blanchard, (2) Gabrielle Borens, (3) Brandie Bruno, (4) Melissa Cannino, (5) Kristen Hilliard, (6) Brandy Hotard, (7) Michelle Sanderson, (8) Andressen Strong.

    HAMMOND – Blair Abene, Miss Southeastern 2006, will crown her successor, one of eight contestants in the annual Southeastern Louisiana University pageant, scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 7, at the university’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.

     The pageant has been a part of Southeastern’s history since 1949, a Miss America preliminary since 1962. The pageant is sponsored by the Campus Activities Board. Admission is free.

     The theme of the 2007 Pageant is "Where Dreams Come True,” said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader.

     The emcee for the event is Krystal Boothe, traffic reporter at WWL television in New Orleans and recent Southeastern graduate. Entertainment will include vocal selections by Abene, while Richard Rampino will perform a glow stick routine, with the Lionettes finishing the night with dance. 

     Contestants for the 2007 title include graduate student Melissa Cannino of Hammond, organizational communication; juniors Brandie Bruno of Independence, social work; Gabrielle Borens of Baton Rouge, nursing; Kristen Hilliard of Covington, piano performance; Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, nursing; sophomore Andressen Strong of Covington, management; and freshmen Amanda Blanchard of Metairie, nursing; and Michelle Sanderson of Kenner, business.

     The contestants will compete in five categories including personal interview, on-stage questions, swimsuit, talent and eveningwear.

     Leader said the pageant will also again feature the “People’s Choice Award” as a way of collecting donations for an organization or agency designated by the current Miss Southeastern.

     “The contestant whose container has the most amount of donations, will win the People’s Choice Award,” Leader said. This year, the donations will benefit the Tangipahoa Association of Retarded Citizens (TARC).

     Containers for donations in each 2007 contestant’s name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall Jan. 30-Feb. 7 and in the Columbia Theatre lobby on the night of the pageant. 
     Miss Southeastern 2007 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe, June 14-16. In 2006, Abene was runner-up in the state pageant.

     For additional information, call 985‑549‑3805. 

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