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|FIVE SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS VIE FOR MISS LOUISIANA CROWN
HAMMOND – Five Southeastern Louisiana
University students will participate in the Miss Louisiana pageant in Monroe
June 17-19, the largest group ever to represent Southeastern in the pageant’s
Kimberly Dottolo of Ponchatoula,
Jennifer Louise Soileau of Slidell, Heather William of Slidell, Jessica
Young of Franklinton and Blair Abene of Hammond will compete with 31 other
young women for the title of Miss Louisiana and its automatic bid to the
Miss America pageant.
Dottolo, a senior mathematics
major who is also co-captain of the Southeastern Lionettes, won the Miss
Southeastern 2004 crown after winning the swimsuit and talent segments
of the university’s annual pageant and tying for first place in the
evening gown segment. She is the recipient of the TOPS Performance Award
and is a Southeastern Dean’s List student. She is an active volunteer for
Special Olympics and has adopted as her platform, “G.I.V.E. SOME” (Get
Involved, Volunteer, Encourage: Special Olympics and ME).
Jennifer Soileau, a junior elementary
education major, holds the title of Miss Slidell. She is a former Miss
Southeastern (2003) and is a 2004 finalist for the Howard R. Swearer Student
Humanitarian Award presented by Brown University. Her platform for the
pageant is “The Value of Music Education in Schools” which incorporates
her involvement in music in the arts since a young age.
Heather Williams, a sophomore
mass communication major, is Miss Camelia City. An honor roll student,
Williams’ attributes her platform of “Self Esteem 4 Young Women” to her
personal experiences and the positive results of high self-esteem.
Jessica Young, a graduate student
in organizational communication, serves as the reigning Miss River Cities.
As an undergraduate student, she graduated with a 4.0 grade point average,
receiving Southeastern’s President’s Medal for Academic Excellence. She
is passionate about her platform, the “Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention
Campaign,” in which she shares her own life experiences in hopes of affecting
at least one person in need.
Blair Abene, a vocal music freshman,
will attend the pageant as Ms. Ark-La-Miss Fair. In 2004, she was chosen
homecoming queen at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, where she was also
voted “Best All Around” for three academic years and was a member of the
National Honor Society. She is Miss Teen Louisiana 2002, and takes her
platform, “Tourette’s Awareness Reaching Teens,” to heart based on her
own struggles with the disorder.
Miss Louisiana , a non-profit
organization staffed by volunteers, recognizes young women ages 17 to 24
for their community support, educational accomplishments and talent. Miss
Louisiana 2004 will become the state’s official hostess and go on to compete
in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City on Sept. 18.
The Miss Louisiana pageant can
be seen at 8 p.m. June 19 on participating television networks.