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Eleven students compete for Miss Southeastern crown

Contact: Christina Chapple


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(1) Kayla Blanchard of Gonzales (2) Stephani Chiasson of Thibodaux (3) Anna deTiege of Mandeville (4) Elyse German of Pearl River 

(5) Opal Guillory of Denham Springs (6) Mary-Kathryn Johnsen of Covington  (7) Jade LeBlanc of Gramercy (8) Kelly Maloney of Springfield 

(9) Tenisha Nicholas of Baker (10) Jessica Poumaroux of Baton Rouge (11) Brittany Reno of Ponchatoula

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(1) Kayla Blanchard of Gonzales, (2) Stephani Chiasson of Thibodaux, (3) Anna deTiege of Mandeville, (4) Elyse German of Pearl River, (5) Opal Guillory of Denham Springs, (6) Mary-Kathryn Johnsen of Covington, (7) Jade LeBlanc of Gramercy, (8) Kelly Maloney of Springfield, (9) Tenisha Nicholas of Baker, (10) Jessica Poumaroux of Baton Rouge, (11) Brittany Reno of Ponchatoula

     HAMMOND – Brandy Hotard of Port Allen, Miss Southeastern 2008, will crown her successor, one of 11 contestants in the annual Southeastern Louisiana University pageant, scheduled for Feb. 11, 7 p.m., at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

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

     General admission tickets are $5. Admission is free for Southeastern students, faculty and staff.

     The theme of the 2009 Pageant is "At the Hop,” said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader.

     Emcees for the event are Miss Louisiana Blair Abene, a Southeastern voice performance major and Miss Southeastern 2006, and Veda Abene, executive assistant in the Division of Continuing Education and founder and former president of the FE-Lions.

     Blair Abene recently competed in the Miss America pageant and was the top fundraiser among the contestants for the pageant’s charity, the Children’s Miracle Network.

     Entertainment will include a vocal performance by Hotard, who was second runner up at the 2008 Miss Louisiana pageant.

     Contestants for the 2009 title are junior nursing major Kayla Blanchard of Gonzales, freshman elementary education major Stephani Chiasson of Thibodaux, junior communication major Anna deTiege of Mandeville, senior music education major Elyse German of Pearl River, sophomore history major Opal Guillory of Denham Springs, sophomore management major Mary-Kathryn Johnsen of Covington, junior general studies major Jade LeBlanc of Gramercy, sophomore communication sciences and disorders major Kelly Maloney of Springfield, sophomore nursing major Tenisha Nicholas of Baker, freshman communication major Jessica Poumaroux of Baton Rouge, and senior nursing major Brittany Reno of Ponchatoula.

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

     Leader said the pageant will again feature the “People’s Choice Award” as a way of collecting donations for the Miss America national platform, Children’s Miracle Network.

     “The contestant whose container has the most donations will win the People’s Choice Award,” Leader said. The donations will benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

     Containers for donations in each 2009 contestant’s name will be available in the War Memorial Student Union Mall until the day of the pageant and in the Pottle lobby on the night of the pageant. 
     Miss Southeastern 2009 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant June 18-20 in Monroe.

     For additional information, call 985‑549‑3805.

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