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September 19, 2008

Miss ULM Pageant scheduled for Oct. 2 at ULM

Several talented contestants will compete in the Miss ULM 2009 pageant Thursday, Oct. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.

The Miss ULM Pageant is a competitive scholarship program emphasizing physical fitness, casual wear, talent, public speaking, and academics.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, Sept. 22. ULM students, faculty and staff may pick up one ticket each for free at LA Capitol Federal Credit Union on ULM’s campus; additional tickets may be purchased for $6.

There are nine pageant contestants:

Hope Anderson, a 20-year-old junior and mass communications major from Monroe. Her platform is “Love the Skin You’re In.” Anderson’s talent is dance/ballet en pointe to “Accentuate the Positive.” She is the daughter of Alan and Onna Gallagher and of Mike and Brenda Anderson.

Lindsey Eickman, a 20-year-old junior and construction management major from Garland, Texas. Her platform is “Leaving a Legacy: The Importance of Campus Involvement.” Eickman’s talent is vocal; she will perform “I Could Have Danced All Night.” She is the daughter of Scott and Mary Eickman.

Jennifer Free, a 19-year-old sophomore and music major from Rayville, though she graduated from high school in Southern California. Her platform is “American Cancer Society.” Free’s talent is vocal; she will perform “O Mio Babbino Caro.” She is the daughter of Rose Marie and Michael Free.

Jada Freeland, a 21-year-old junior and biology major from Rayville. Her platform is “Encouraging Self-Confidence in Adolescent Girls.” Freeland’s talent is jazz dance; she will perform to “Life of the Party.” She is the daughter of Richard and Laura Lee Freeland.

Julie Mortan, a 19-year-old sophomore and pre-dental hygiene major from Hamburg, Ark. Her platform is “Breast Cancer Awareness.” Mortan’s talent is dance; she will perform to a rendition of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” She is the daughter of Sandra and Dickey Morton.

Allison Rawls, an 18-year-old freshman and marketing major from Bossier City. Her platform is “Children’s Miracle Network.” Rawls’ talent is poem recitation. She is the daughter of Shona and Vince Laboy and of Edward and Larna Rawls.

Karmen Rubin, a 20-year-old junior and health studies management and marketing major from Shreveport. Her platform is “I Vote: The Power of American Democracy.” Rubin’s talent is dance; she will perform to “P.Y.T.” She is the daughter of Peter Rubin and Vancell Williams.

Tiffani Terrell, a 19-year-old sophomore and biology major from West Monroe. Her platform is “Humane Society.” Terrell’s talent is jazz dance; she will perform to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” She is the daughter of Sandy and Julian Terrell.

Kandice Williams, a 21-year-old senior and mass communications major from Monroe. Her platform is “Promoting Youth Leadership.” Williams’ talent is flag twirling. She is the daughter of Janice and James Williams.

More about the pageant requirements:

Each contestant must be a single female that has never been married or had children; be between the ages of 18 and 24 years; be of good character and possess poise, personality, intelligence, charm, and beauty of face and figure; and possess and be able to display a trained talent in a 90-second performance.

The Miss Louisiana Scholarship Organization requires each contestant meet several other stipulations in order to compete in the Miss Louisiana Pageant. Each participant must be a talented, energetic and intelligent young woman, with a minimum 2.5 GPA during the previous semester, or a cumulative 2.5 GPA for current students, or a cumulative 2.5 high school GPA for first-time freshmen. They must also be enrolled full time at ULM.

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