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Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant set for Nov. 13 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

Eight University of Southern Mississippi students will compete for the crown of Miss University of Southern Mississippi this Friday and the opportunity to advance to the state pageant.

Hosted and produced by the Student Government Association (SGA), the 64th annual Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant will be held at Bennett Auditorium Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Admission is $7. The event is a preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant and will be emceed by Miss Mississippi 2008 and current Southern Miss student Christine Kozlowski. 

Contestants will also be competing for $3,000 in scholarship funds, said Southern Miss Associate Dean of Students Brooks Moore, who is local director for the pageant and advisor to its student organizers.

“The pageant is a unique program in that it truly provides women a forum for advancing a community service platform, exhibiting a refined talent, demonstrating poise and self confidence and being rewarded for their excellence in the classroom,” Moore said.

This year’s pageant contestants include:

• Lee Armstrong, a junior from Columbus, Miss. Armstrong is an exercise science major and a member of the Dixie Darlings, Luckyday Leadership Team and an ambassador for the College of Health. She is the daughter of Jim and Dorothy Armstrong.

• Ashton Turberville, a junior from Mobile, Ala. Turberville is a dance performance and choreography major and a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and Chi Tau Upsilon. She is the daughter of the Sonja and Tony Turberville.

• Chataura Harper a senior from  Laurel, Miss. Harper is a broadcast journalism major. She is the daughter of Carolyn Harper McLaurin, Robert McLauren, and Jimmie Harper.

• Chelsea Fenton, a freshman from Mobile, Ala. Fenton is a nursing and Spanish double major, a student in the Honors College and a member of the Catholic Student Association and Chi Omega sorority. She is the daughter of Robin and Mark Fenton.

• Kristen Benigno, a junior from Laurel, Miss. Benigno is a speech communication major and a member of Eagle Connection, Kappa Delta sorority and Lambda Sigma Honor Society. She is the daughter of Dr. Chuck and Gina Benigno.

• Brittany Thomas, a senior from Hattiesburg. Thomas is a public relations major, Student Government Association Senator and a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She is the daughter of  Chad and Kim Thomas.

• Lyndsay Pleas, a sophomore from  D'Lo, Miss. Pleas is a health policy and administration major and a member of Chi Omega sorority, the Student Government Association Judicial Board and the Diamond Darlings. She is the daughter of Christye Bryant and Alex Pleas.

• Alex Parker, a freshman from Picayune, Miss. Parker is a broadcast journalism and musical theater double major and a member of the Southern Misses, The Legacy and Residence Hall Association. She is the daughter of Edna Parker and Ivan Parker.

For more information about The Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant, contact the Southern Miss Dean of Students Office at 601.266.6028.

Lee Armstrong
Ashton Turberville
Chataura Harper
Chelsea Fenton
Kristen Benigno
Brittany Thomas
Lyndsay Pleas
Alex Parker

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