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Jessica Poumaroux crowned Miss Southastern 2009

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(1) Jessica Poumaroux, Brandy Hotard (2) Anna deTiege, VP for Student Affairs Marvin Yates, Miss Southeastern 2009 Jessica Poumaroux, Interim President John L. Crain, Kelly Maloney, Brittany Reno

(1) JESSICA POUMAROUX WINS 2009 SOUTHEASTERN CROWN -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s new Miss Southeastern, Jessica Poumaroux of Baton Rouge, receives her crown from her predecessor, Brandy Hotard of Port Allen.

(2) MISS SOUTHEASTERN 2009 WINNERS -- Southeastern Louisiana University Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin Yates and Interim President John L. Crain congratulate the top contestants in the annual Miss Southeastern pageant, held Feb. 11 at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. From left, are Anna deTiege of Mandeville, third runner-up; Yates; Miss Southeastern 2009 Jessica Poumaroux; Crain; Kelly Maloney of Springfield, second runner-up; and Brittany Reno of Ponchatoula, first runner-up.

HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University communication major Jessica Poumaroux of Baton Rouge has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2009.

     Poumaroux received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2008 Brandy Hotard of Port Allen at the annual pageant Feb. 11 at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the Miss Southeastern pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system.

     A freshman, Poumaroux won the pageant’s swimwear segment. She is the daughter of Johnny and Merry Poumaroux.

     First runner up was Brittany Reno, a senior nursing major from Ponchatoula, who won the interview and eveningwear segments. Reno also won the "People's Choice" award, which recognizes her for having raised the highest amount -- approximately $850 -- for the Children's Miracle Network. This year's 11 contestant raised a combined $1,500 for the official Miss America charity.

     Kelly Maloney of Springfield, a sophomore communication sciences and disorders major, was second runner-up. As the pageant’s talent segment winner for her contemporary ballet performance, Maloney received a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Southeastern Alumni Association. She also received the "Miracle Maker" award for her fund-raising efforts.

     Junior communication major Anna deTiege of Mandeville was third runner-up and was also chosen “Miss Congeniality.”

     Sophomore management major Mary-Kathryn Johnsen of Covington received the SGA Academic Award, a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Student Government Association and presented to the pageant contestant with the highest grade point average. Johnsen has a 4.0 gpa.

     Poumaroux will advance to the Miss Louisiana pageant, which will be held in Monroe June 18-20. Hotard was second runner-up in last year’s pageant, which was won by Miss Southeastern 2006 Blair Abene of Hammond.

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