Olivia Ruby wins Miss Southeastern crown
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1) OLIVIA RUBY WINS 2012 SOUTHEASTERN CROWN -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s new Miss Southeastern, Olivia Ruby of Mandeville, waves to the crowd in Pottle Auditorium after winning the crown.
2) MISS SOUTHEASTERN 2012 WINNERS – A new Miss Southeastern was crowned Saturday night (Oct. 15) at the annual pageant. Award winners in the pageant included, from left, Jennifer Jarreau, second runner-up, Miss Southeastern 2012 Olivia Ruby, Bethany Putnam, first runner-up, and Averi Harris, third runner-up. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss American pageant system.
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University business major Olivia Ruby of Mandeville has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2012.
Ruby received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2011 Gabrielle Palma, also of Mandeville, at the annual pageant Saturday (Oct. 15) at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system.
A freshman, Ruby also received the Evening Gown Award, the Lifestyle and Fitness Award and tied with Bethany Putnam of Mandeville for the Interview Award.
First runner up was Putnam, a freshman vocal performance major. Putnam also received the Miss Congeniality Award, the “People’s Choice” Award, and tied in the pageant’s talent award for her vocal performance “Almost There” from Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”
Jennifer Jarreau of Denham Springs, a sophomore middle school education major, was second runner-up. She tied with Putnam in the talent competition for her jazz dance performed to Annie Lennox’s “Wonderful.”
Third runner up was freshman kinesiology major Averi Harris of Slidell.
Lexi Corsentino, a freshman mass communications and journalism major from Baton Rouge, was the recipient of the Miracle Maker Award for her fund raising efforts in connection with the Miss America Pageant’s charity, the Children’s Miracle Network.
Ruby will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe in June.