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2002 Ms LSUA Pageant

Released: 04/03/2002

<p> The forty-second annual Ms. LSUA Pageant, "An Evening under the Oaks," will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex. The public is invited to attend this event where ten ladies will compete for a Chancellor&acute;s Scholarship worth $800 and the opportunity to represent Louisiana State University at Alexandria for the 2002-2003 school year. Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased at the LSUA Accounting Office or at the door the night of the event. </p><p> The contestants are Heather C. Bardwell, Mandy R. Carmouche, Patricia J. "P.J." Daenen, Lillie A. Ducote, Heather Elkhay, Tabitha A. Harrell, Candice Pias, Jennifer Stevens, Amy-Lynn Taylor and Addie R. Thompson. </p><p> Ms. Bardwell of Pineville is a nursing majoring whose platform topic is "Staying Fit for Life." </p><p> Ms. Carmouche is a pre-medicine major from Pineville. Her platform topic is "Providing a support network for teenage mothers." </p><p> Ms. Daenen of Alexandria is an elementary education major. "Freedom of Religion: Putting it Back in Public Schools" is her platform topic. </p><p> Ms. Ducote is a speech pathology major from Moreauville whose platform is "Why children should be in the art of dance and theater." </p><p> Ms. Elkhay of Bunkie is majoring in child psychology. Her platform topic is "Recognizing signs and symptoms of childhood depression." </p><p> Ms. Harrell is an elementary education major from Alexandria whose platform topic is "Fibromyalgia." </p><p> Ms. Pias of Evergreen is also majoring in elementary education. Her platform topic is "Balancing Work and Family." </p><p> Ms. Stevens is a general studies major from Alexandria whose platform is "Youth Ministry: Teens need spiritual guidance in facing today&acute;s issues." </p><p> Ms. Taylor of Marksville is majoring in nursing. Her platform topic is "Stress Management and Coping." </p><p> Ms. Thompson is an elementary education major from Alexandria whose platform is "Learning Disability Awareness." </p><p> The Ms. LSUA pageant is open to all female LSUA students regardless of age or marital status. The pageant will include casual wear and evening wear competitions. An interview session by the judges will be held prior to the event. A People&acute;s Choice Award, Ms. Congeniality, and First and Second Runners-Up will be awarded, followed by the crowning of Ms. LSUA 2002 by Ms. LSUA 2001 Paulley Rabalais. </p><p> Ms. Rabalais will also serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. Entertainment will be provided by Helen Gordon&acute;s School of Dance of Oakdale, Leigh Ann Swanson, an Alexandria Senior High student, and Dr. Steve Jackson, LSUA associate professor of English. </p><p> For more information about the Ms. LSUA Pageant, contact LSUA Student Affairs at 473-6545. </p>