Brandy Hotard wins Miss Southeastern 2008 crown
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(1) BRANDY HOTARD WINS 2008 SOUTHEASTERN CROWN -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s new Miss Southeastern, Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, receives her crown from her predecessor, Kristen Hilliard of Covington.
(2) MISS SOUTHEASTERN 2008 WINNERS -- Southeastern Louisiana University Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates and President Randy Moffett congratulate the top contestants in the annual Miss Southeastern pageant, held Jan. 30 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. From left, are Yates, first runner up Jade LeBlanc of Gramercy, Miss Southeastern 2008 Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, second runner up Brittany Dinino of St. Amant, and Moffett.
Hotard received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2007 Kristen Hilliard of Covington at the annual pageant Jan. 30 at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
A junior, Hotard won the evening wear and talent segments of the pageant, singing “Anyway,” and tied for the interview segment. She is the daughter of Dean and Stacie Hotard.
First runner up, sophomore family and consumer science major Jade LeBlanc of Gramercy, won the swimwear segment. Second runner up was junior nursing major Brittany Dinino of St. Amant, who tied with Hotard for the interview segment.
Dinino also received the SGA Academic Award, a new honor sponsored by the Student Government Association that will be presented annually to the pageant contestant with the highest grade point average. Dinino has a 4.0 gpa.
Heather Gonzalez, a freshman mass communication major from Hammond, received the “People’s Choice” award, which was determined by the amount of donations contestants collected for Children’s Miracle Network, Hilliard’s platform as Miss Southeastern 2007.
The Miracle Maker Award went to Charlene Robinson, a senior music performance major from St. Rose, who raised $515 for Children’s Miracle Network. Elyse German, a junior music education major from Pearl River, was named Miss Congeniality.
Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the Miss Southeastern pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system. Hotard will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe June 19-21. Hilliard was among the top 10 finalists in last year’s pageant.