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Miss LSUS Pageant

LSUS Alumni Association Sponsors Revival of Miss LSUS Pageant for 50th Anniversary


On Saturday, October 7, 2017, the Miss LSUS Pageant returned in glamorous fashion for the first time since 1995. Our reigning queen from 1995, Bridgette Wilder Bell (BA 1998) made an appearance to crown the new Miss LSUS. Seven remarkable young women displayed their poise and elegance as they vied for the opportunity to become an ambassador for the university. While all were ideal candidates, LSUS freshman Pearl Merry ultimately captured the crown.

Pearl is a biochemistry major, and is already active on campus. She is a member of the LSUS Student Activities Board, a member of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Studies (MAPS), an associate member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), and a runner for the LSUS Cross Country team. She went home with a new crown, a sash, and a $1,000 award, all from the LSUS Alumni Association. In addition, Pearl won the People's Choice Award, which sent her home with a $50 prize.

When the Student Government Association requested the return of the pageant, Chancellor Clark immediately approved the decision. Shortly after, the LSUS Alumni Association voted to underwrite the winner's crown and sash, prizes, and other expenses. With 50th anniversary celebrations well underway, the pageant felt like the perfect way to blend classic LSUS traditions with new ones. 

Photo: 2017 Miss LSUS Pearl Merry is crowned by 1995 Miss LSUS, Bridgette Wilder Bell.

The First Runner-Up award went to Julie McClung, a senior majoring in Secondary English Education and a member of Phi Mu Fraternity and the Order of Omega Honor Society. She is also a tumbling coach for a local gym. As the Miss LSUS First Runner-Up, Julie went home with a $300 award.

The Second Runner-Up award went to Lauren Brooke Saulsbury who is a junior majoring in secondary education with a focus in history. She is a member of the Student Program of the Louisiana Association of Educators and a volunteer for the Rotary Club of Oil City. She received a $200 award as the Miss LSUS Second Runner-Up.

The Miss Congeniality award went to Enia Gardner, a sophomore majoring in pre-pharmacy with a minor in toxicology. She is a member of the LSUS Golden Illusion danceline, the Student Government Association, and Alpha Epsilon Delta. She received a $50 award. 


Left Photo (from left to right): Miss Congeniality Enia Gardner, First Runner-Up Julie McClung, Miss LSUS and People's Choice Pearl Merry, Second Runner-Up Lauren Brooke Saulsbury
Right Photo (from left to right): Arlecia Dantzler, Enia Gardner, Julie McClung, Pearl Merry, Elizabeth Polk, Lauren Brooke Saulsbury, Kylie Laine Willis

Serving on the Miss LSUS Pageant committee were Brooke Rinaudo, Director of Media and Public Relations and Miss LSUS Pageant Director; Chelsa King, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Rec Sports and Miss LSUS Pageant Co-Director; Dianne Howell, Director of LSUS Alumni Services/Executive Director, LSUS Alumni Association; and Meagan Crews, LSUS student and member of the SGA.

Emcees for the evening were longtime Miss Louisiana emcee, Ed Walsh, alongside LSUS student Meagan Crews who has ventured through Louisiana pageantry herself.

Photo: Emcees, longtime Miss Louisiana emcee Ed Walsh and LSUS student Meagan Crews.

Judges included Andrea McKnight, Business Development Coordinator for Campus Federal Credit Union and LSUS Alumna; Jazmin Jernigan, MBA, Principal Artist/Owner, Aesthetic Innovations, LLC and LSUS Alumna; The Honorable Frances Pitman, Judge, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal and LSUS Alumna; and The Honorable Michael Pitman, Judge, 1st Judicial District, Caddo Parish, and LSU Alumnus who is married to Judge Frances Pitman.

Photo (from left to right): The Honorable Michael Pitman, The Honorable Francis Pitman, Miss LSUS Pearl Merry, Jazmin Jernigan, MBA, Andrea McKnight 

Congratulations again to the 2017 Miss LSUS, Pearl Merry!

Photos courtesy of Bianca G. Stakes, (BA 2017) LSUS Alumna.

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