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8 students to compete in Miss Purdue Scholarship Pageant

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 2009 Miss Purdue Scholarship Pageant will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday (March 1) in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse.

Eight students will participate in the pageant, which is an official preliminary to the Miss Indiana and Miss America pageants. As part of the evening, State Rep. Sheila Klinker, Miss Purdue 1959, will be honored and plans to perform a duet with Miss Purdue 2008 Kelly Bouwman. Miss Indiana 2008 Megan Meadors also will perform.

Pageant contestants must be full-time Purdue students between the ages of 18-23, and the winner will receive a crown, title and scholarship money and gifts from local businesses.

The areas of competition include a personal interview with a panel of judges, talent, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, presence and poise in evening wear, and answering an onstage question. Each contestant has raised at least $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network and also must advocate a platform based on a social issue.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and will be for sale at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Miss Purdue Scholarship Foundation.

The newly crowned Miss Purdue will go on to compete in June’s Miss Indiana Pageant in Zionsville, Ind., where thousands of dollars in scholarship will be available, as well as a trip to the Miss America pageant. She also will make appearances on campus and in the community throughout her year of service.

Entrants include:

  • Mina Alsaraf, a senior in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences from West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Kirsten Fletter, a sophomore in the College of Agriculture from Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Amanda Guieb, a senior in the College of Education from Indianapolis
  • Whitney Hatter, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Whitestown, Ind.
  • Jennifer Nestleroad, a junior in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences from Lafayette, Ind.
  • Lisa Singleton, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Greenwood, Ind.
  • Jacklyn Talbert, a sophomore in the Krannert School of Management from Russiaville, Ind.
  • Diana True, a senior in the College of Liberal Arts from McCordsville, Ind.

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