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Ms. LSU Alexandria pageant tonight

Released: 04/12/2006

The 46th annual Ms. LSU Alexandria pageant “Classic Hollywood” will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex.

Seven women will compete for a Chancellor’s Scholarship worth $1,000 and the opportunity to represent LSU Alexandria during the 2006-07 school year. The event is open to the public with tickets available for $5 on campus in the Auxiliary Services office or at the door on the night of the event.

The reigning Ms. LSU Alexandria, Brandi Rabalais, will take her last walk and crown the new queen.

This year''s contestants are Kerra Marcotte, Melanie Holmes, Sarah Swart, Sophie Piazza, Summer Delaney, Julia McLaughlin and Debbie Thornhill.

Contestant #1 is Kerra Marcotte of Marksville. She is a radiologic technology major and a member of Gamma Beta Phi (LSU Alexandria’s Honor Society), Circle K and the LSU Alexandria OAKS. Her platform topic is “Self Esteem: Making Women Feel Beautiful, One Woman at a Time.” Marcotte’s mentor is Rebecca Robison.

Melanie Holmes, Contestant #2, is a nursing major from Georgetown. She is a member of the Student Nurses Association. Her platform topic is “Drunk Driving: The Lasting Impact on The Victim’s Family” and her mentor is Dr. Ginger Jones.

Contestant #3 is Sarah Swart of Pineville. She is a communication studies major and is a member of Empty Space Players, French Club, Speak Easy Club, Speech & Debate and College Republicans. Her platform topic is “Louisiana Coastal Erosion and Wetland Conservation: The Plague That Haunts Our Land.” Serving as her mentor is Dr. Doran O’Donnell.

Sophie Piazza of Marksville is Contestant #4. She is an education major who is serving as the secretary for Future Leaders and Majors in Education. Piazza also is a member of the LSU Alexandria OAKS. Her platform topic is “A Fit Future: Incorporating Physical Activity and Health Awareness Into the Classroom.” Her mentor is Dr. Cal Johnston.

Contestant # 5 is Summer Delaney, a biology major from Pineville. She is the editor of the campus yearbook, Sauce Piquante, and a writer for Paper Tiger, the campus newspaper. Delaney is a member of the LSU Alexandria OAKS, Biological Student Organization and Circle K. Her platform topic is “The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children” and her mentor is Kimberly Elmore.

Julia McLaughlin of Dry Prong is Contestant #6. She is a nursing major and a member of Gamma Beta Phi. Her platform topic is “Adolescent Suicide” and serving as her mentor is Dr. Owen Elmore.

Contestant #7 is Debbie Thornhill, a nursing major from Alexandria. She is a member of the Apothecary Club. Her platform topic is “Activity/Recreational Therapy as a Healing Agent” and her mentor is Dr. Dusty Nassif.

For more information about the 2006 Ms. LSU Alexandria pageant, contact Kathryn Wimmert at (318) 473-6545.