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Six to Compete for Ms. LSUA Title

Released: 04/05/2011

Six students will compete April 16 for the Ms. LSUA title in the 51st competition sponsored by LSU Alexandria, announced Kathryn Wimmert, academic counselor and pageant director. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Brumfield-Caffey Ballroom adjacent to the student center.

Contestants are Amanda Elizabeth Austin, a sophomore business major from Simmesport; Kayla Marie Aymond, a sophomore nursing major from Hessmer; Jessica McPherson Burkhardt, a junior nursing major from Alexandria; Ashlyn Elizabeth Deshotels, a junior communication studies major from Ville Platte; Lillian Marie Hare, a senior nursing major from Alexandria; and D’Audrea Lafayette Peoples, a freshmen elementary education major from Mansfield.

The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship and will represent the university at official functions throughout the 2011-12 academic year. The Ms. LSUA runner-up receives a $500 scholarship. Other awards are presented for Scholastic Achievement, Ms. Congeniality, People’s Choice, Director’s Award and second runner-up.

Tickets are available for $6. LSUA students may attend for $3. Tickets are available at the door or through the Office of Auxiliary Services on campus.

The Ms. LSUA pageant is open to all female students regardless of age or marital status. Contestants will compete in casual and evening wear categories and answer a question pertaining to their platform topics. Each contestant will have participated in an interview with three judges from the community prior to the pageant. All participants have a mentor from the university faculty or staff.

The reigning Ms. LSUA, Shelby Lynne Martin, a sophomore nursing major from Anacoco, will participate in the pageant and crown her successor. Melissa Laborde, assistant professor of communication studies, will emcee the event.