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University Crowns First Miss LSUS in 22 years

October 11, 2017

A proud tradition has returned to LSUS! On Saturday, October 7, the Miss LSUS Pageant swept back on to campus in glamorous fashion after a twenty-two year hiatus. 

Seven remarkable students displayed their poise and elegance this weekend as they vied for the opportunity to become an ambassador for the university.  While all of the students were ideal candidates, LSUS Freshman Pearl Merry ultimately captured the crown! Pearl is a Biochemistry major, and already an active campus participant. She is a member of the LSUS Student Activities Board, Minority Association of Pre-Health Studies (MAPS), Associate Member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), and LSUS Cross Country.  She went home with a new crown, sash, and a $1,000 award, all from the LSUS Alumni Association. Pearl also captured the People’s Choice Award, which sent her home with an additional $50 prize from the LSUS Alumni Association.

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

Second Runner-Up went to Lauren Brooke Saulsbury.  Lauren 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 Rotary Club of Oil City Volunteer. She went home with a $200 award from the LSUS Alumni Association. 

Miss Congeniality went to Enia Gardner.  Enia is a sophomore majoring in Pre-Pharmacy with a minor in Toxicolog

y. She is a member of the Golden Illusion Dance line at LSUS, a member of the Student Government Association, and a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta. She went home with a $50 award from the LSUS Alumni Association. 

The pageant was brought back by the request of the LSUS Student Government Association. Chancellor Clark immediately approved the decision, and the LSUS Alumni Association voted to underwrite expenses and prizes. With 50th anniversary celebrations well underway, the pageant felt like the perfect way to blend classic LSUS traditions with new ones.

Serving on the committee for Miss LSUS were Brooke Rinaudo, Director of Media and Public Relations, and the Miss LSUS Pageant Director; Chelsa King, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Rec Sports, and the Miss LSUS Pageant Co-Director; Dianne Howell, Director of LSUS Alumni Services; and Meagan Crews, LSUS Student and a member of the SGA.  Meagan Crews also served as an Emcee for the night, along with Ed Walsh.   

Judges for the night included Andrea McKnight – Business Development Coordinator for Campus Federal Credit Union; Jazmin Jernigan, MBA – Principal Artist/Owner, Aesthetic Innovations, LLC; The Honorable Frances Pitman – Judge, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal; and The Honorable Michael Pitman – Judge, 1st Judicial District, Caddo Parish.  All four judges are LSUS Alumni.   


Photo (L to R):  Enia Gardner - Miss Congeniality; Julie McClung - 1st Alternate; Pearl Merry - Queen; Lauren Brooke Saulsbury - 2nd Alternate

Photo (L to R):  Arlecia Dantzler, Enia Gardner, Julie McClung, Pearl Merry, Elizabeth Polk, Lauren Brooke Saulsbury, Kylie Laine Willis

If you would like to see additional photos from the pageant, please visit the LSUS Facebook Page.

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