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Ten students compete for Miss Southeastern crown

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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Megan Bickham Caitlin Carona Opal Guillory Heather Hand Jessica LeBlanc
Bickham Carona Guillory Hand LeBlanc
Gabrielle Palma Noel Stilley Lacie Thomas Samantha Williams Alexis Wright
Palma Stilley Thomas Williams Wright

     HAMMOND – On Aug. 28, 10 students will compete for the title of Miss Southeastern 2011. Lacey Sanchez of Baton Rouge, Miss Southeastern 2010 will crown her successor in the annual Southeastern Louisiana University pageant scheduled for 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. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the CAB office in the Student Union, room 201.   Admission is free for Southeastern students, faculty and staff, but an assigned ticket from CAB is still needed for admission. For the second consecutive year, those unable to attend the Miss Southeastern competition can view it LIVE on the web at
     The theme of the 2011 Pageant is “A League of Her Own,” said CAB Coordinator Jason Leader. Emcees for the event are Veda Abene, executive assistant in the Division of Extended Studies and founder and former president of the FE-Lions, and Michael Kyles, a Southeastern graduate and teacher at Ponchatoula Junior High School.
     Contestants for the 2011 title are sophomore organizational communication major Megan Bickham of Folsom; junior psychology major Caitlin Carona of Independence; senior history major Opal Guillory of Denham Springs; freshman music major Heather Hand of Denham Springs; sophomore mass communication and journalism major Jessica LeBlanc of Independence; sophomore mass communication and journalism major Gabrielle Palma of Mandeville; junior biology major Noel Stilley of Albany; junior communication sciences and disorders major Lacie Thomas of Denham Springs; junior nursing major Samantha Williams of Voorhees, NJ; and sophomore speech education major Alexis Wright of Slidell.
     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 2011 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 2011 will advance to the Miss Louisiana Pageant in June in Monroe.
For additional information, call 985 549 3805.

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