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Simmesport's Amanda Elizabeth Austin Crowned Ms. LSUA

Released: 04/18/2011

Amanda Elizabeth Austin of Simmesport was crowned Ms. LSUA at the 51st annual pageant. The sophomore business major will receive a $1,000 scholarship and represent LSU Alexandria at official university functions during the 2011-12 academic year.

Austin, whose pageant platform topic was “Children Beat the Streets: Paving Their Futures through Community Involvement,” also won the Scholastic Achievement Award. She is a member of Phi Beta Lambda, a business career organization, and Theta Phi Alpha sorority.

Jennifer McPherson Burkhardt, a junior nursing major from Pineville, was chosen first runner-up and will receive a $500 scholarship. She also captured the People’s Choice Award.

D’Audrea Lafayette Peoples, a freshman elementary education student from Mansfield, was selected second runner-up and earned the Top Ad Sales Award. Kayla Marie Aymond, a sophomore nursing major from Hessmer, was chosen Ms. Congeniality, and Lillian Marie Hare, a senior nursing major from Alexandria, won the Director’s Award.

Contestants compete in casual and formal wear categories and participate in a pre-pageant interview with a three-member panel of judges from the community. The Ms. LSUA Pageant, which is open to any female student, has been held yearly since 1961. Kathy Wimmert, an academic counselor in the Office of Student Services, is pageant director.

Shelby Lynne Martin, a sophomore nursing major from Anacoco, is the outgoing Ms. LSUA.