The 55th Annual Miss University of Louisiana at Monroe Pageant will occur Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.
Miss University of Louisiana at Monroe serves as the official hostess of ULM and represents the school at the Miss Louisiana Pageant.
Eight contestants will compete for the crown:
Contestant number one is Lindsey Eickman, a 19-year-old sophomore in construction management from Garland, Texas. Her platform is “Reducing Your Environmental Footprint.” Her talent is a vocal performance of “Il Mio Bel Foco.” She is the daughter of Scott and Mary Eickman.
Maggie Gras, a 19-year-old freshman in general business from Shreveport, is contestant number two. Her platform is “Reaching Out to Victims of Domestic Violence.” Her talent is a vocal performance of “Be Thou My Vision.” She is the daughter of Pamela and John Gras.
Contestant number three is Allyson Hardaway, a 19-year-old sophomore in pre dental hygiene from Bossier. Her platform is “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Her talent is a monologue entitled “Noah’s Wife.” She is the daughter of Steve and Angie Kelly.
Hope Anderson, a 19-year-old sophomore in mass communications with a concentration in journalism from Monroe, is contestant number four. Her platform is “Love the Skin You’re In.” Her talent is a ballet en pointe peformance of “It’s About That Walk.” She is the daughter of Onna and Alan Gallagher and of Mike and Brenda Anderson.
Contestant number five is Latoya Clark, a 21-year-old senior in English Education from Utica, Miss. Her platform is “Reading, Writing and Computer Literacy.” Her talent is a rhythm and blues/soul vocal performance of “At Last” by Etta James. She is the daughter of Edna C. Clark.
Erica Durr, a 20-year-old senior in toxicology from Marthaville, is contestant number six. Her platform is “Raising Awareness for Domestic Abuse and Its Impact on Children.” Her talent is a classical aria performace of “Porgi, Amor.” She is the daughter of David and Tommie Durr.
Contestant number seven is Mallary Soileau, a 21-year-old senior in exercise science – physical therapy from Pineville. Her platform is “Fighting for a Cure: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.” Her talent is a jazz dance performance of “Sing, Sing, Sing.” She is the daughter of Rick and Patty Soileau.
Jeremeka Bradley, an 18-year-old freshman in criminal justice/psychology from Shreveport, is contestant number eight. Her platform is “Building Leadership Skills Through Volunteerism.” Her talent is a vocal performance of “And I’m Telling You.” She is the daughter of Jessica Bradley and Charles Denson.
Miss ULM will receive a scholarship covering full basic tuition, a private one-bedroom on-campus apartment, an award from the ULM bookstore ($300), a two-semester meal plan awarded by the Campus Activities Board, and a $4,000 cash prize awarded by the Student Government Association.
CAB will award the first runner-up with a tuition scholarship for two semesters and the second runner-up with a tuition scholarship for one semester. The SGA will give the third runner-up a one-time $1,000 scholarship and the fourth runner-up with a one-time $750 Scholarship.
The Advertisement Sales Winner will receive a one-time $250 scholarship, courtesy of CAB.
The student body will vote on the People's Choice Award. The recipient will receive a one-time $250 scholarship, thanks to CAB.
The contestants will vote on the Miss Congeniality Award, with the winner receiving a one-time $250 scholarship, again awarded by CAB.
The SGA will also bestow a one-time $250 Non-Finalist Academic Award to one contestant.
Each ULM student, faculty and staff member may obtain one free ticket with a ULM ID at the LA Capitol Bank located at University Commons II on campus. Additional tickets are available there for $6 each. Please call (318) 342-5130 for ticket information.
For more information about the pageant, contact: (318) 342-5292.