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Eight students to compete for Ms. LSUA title

Released: 04/09/2013

Eight students will participate in the 53rd Ms. LSUA competition on Saturday, April 13. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Brumfield-Caffey Ballroom adjacent to the Student Center.

Contestants are: Kimberly Rana Aubin, a sophomore psychology major from Lecompte; Taylor Marie Barbin, a sophomore elementary education major from Mansura; Cydnie Ellissa Cooper, a freshman nursing major from Jonesville; Rachael Claire Fruge’, a junior nursing major from Opelousas; Susan Coco LaPrairie, a freshman nursing major from Tioga; Kaitlyn Gayle Nichols, a freshman biology major from Gulfport, Mississippi; Elizabeth Monique Pastor, a sophomore nursing major from Pineville; and Evie G. Robison, a sophomore nursing major from Alexandria.

The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will represent the university at official functions throughout the 2013-14 academic year. The runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship. Other awards are presented for Scholastic Achievement, Ms. Congeniality, Ms. Photogenic, 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, Jalyn Ashley, a sophomore nursing major from Alexandria, will participate in the pageant and crown her successor. Melissa Laborde, assistant professor of communication studies, will emcee the event.