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Six students compete for Miss Southeastern 2008 crown

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Miss Southeastern 2007 Kristen Hilliard, front; back, Brittany Lynn Dinino, Jade Kristen LeBlanc, Charlene Marlene Robinson, Brandy Jean Hotard, Elyse Danielle German, Heather Nicole Gonzalez.

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COMPETING FOR THE CROWN – Six Southeastern Louisiana University will compete Jan. 30 for the 2008 Miss Southeastern crown. Shown with Miss Southeastern 2007, Kristen Hilliard of Covington, front, are, from left, Brittany Lynn Dinino of Prairieville, Jade Kristen LeBlanc of Gramercy, Charlene Marlene Robinson of St. Rose, Brandy Jean Hotard of Port Allen, Elyse Danielle German of Pearl River, and Heather Nicole Gonzalez of Hammond.

     HAMMOND – Kristen Hilliard of Covington, Miss Southeastern 2007, will crown her successor, one of six contestants in the annual Southeastern Louisiana University pageant, scheduled for 7 p.m., Jan. 30, at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

     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 2008 Pageant is "Miss Southeastern: The Greatest Show on Earth,” said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader.

     The emcee for the event is Veda Abene, executive assistant in the Division of Continuing Education and founder and former president of the FE-Lions. Entertainment will include a performance by Hilliard, a piano performance major. At the 2007 Miss Louisiana pageant, Hilliard received the Newcomer Award and was among the10 finalists.

     Contestants for the 2008 title are junior nursing major Brittany Lynn Dinino of Prairieville; sophomore family and consumer science major Jade Kristen LeBlanc of Gramercy; senior vocal performance major Charlene Marlene Robinson of St. Rose; freshman mass communication major Heather Nicole Gonzalez of Hammond; junior music education major Elyse Danielle German of Pearl River; and senior nursing major Brandy Jean Hotard of Port Allen.

     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 Children's Miracle Network.

     Containers for donations in each 2008 contestant’s name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall until the day of the pageant, Jan. 30, and in the Pottle lobby on the night of the pageant. 
     Miss Southeastern 2008 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant June 19-21 in Monroe.

     For additional information, call 985‑549‑3805.

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