The pageant tradition at LSU Alexandria began in 1961 when the male student body voted Ramona Dupuy as "LSUA Favorite" at the annual Christmas Ball. This tradition continued until 1978 when 13 students were judged by a panel of area judges in the areas of poise, personality, and scholastic ability. In 1986 the university became a member of the Miss America Scholarship Pageant, Inc. and the pageant evolved into a preliminary event for the Miss Louisiana Pageant. Contestants participated in a talent, swimsuit, and evening gown competition. In 1993 the pageant became independent of it's affiliation with the Miss America Scholarship Pageant and although the scholarship remained, the talent and swimsuit components of the competition were eliminated. In 1997, as the student body profile continued to change from traditional aged students to non-traditional aged students, the Miss LSUA Pageant became the Ms. LSUA Pageant. For the first time in its history, the pageant included married students and students with children. Another important change took place in 1999 when part-time students became eligible to compete for the title of Ms. LSUA and the Chancellor's Scholarship.
As the university moves forward in it's fifth decade, the Ms. LSU Alexandria Pageant committee continues to offer a quality scholarship competition for female students. The winner of the Ms. LSU Alexandria Pageant will earn a $1000 Chancellor's Scholarship. It is the mission of the Ms. LSU Alexandria Pageant committee to encourage students' academic and professional development by requiring that the contestants maintain a 2.5 grade point average, attend workshops on professional interviewing techniques and interface with a chosen faculty member (mentor) who will help them speak effectively concerning their chosen platform topic.
Duties of Ms. LSU Alexandria
Ms. LSU Alexandria serves as a representative for the campus and is called upon to attend certain student activities and campus events. She is also appointed to various campus committees and traditionally leads the pledge of allegiance during the fall and spring commencement ceremonies. At times, Ms. LSU Alexandria is invited to make various public appearances in the community (such as parades and High School competitions) and she is also invited by the Chancellor each spring to introduce herself at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Baton Rouge. Most importantly, Ms. LSU Alexandria is asked to select a pertinent focus for the year of her reign.
Ms. LSU Alexandria will receive a Chancellor's Scholarship in the amount of $500 per semester for a total of $1000 for the year.
The First Runner-Up will receive a Chancellor's Scholarship in the amount of $250 per semester for a total of $500 for the year.
The Ms. LSU Alexandria Pageant training schedule (including workshops, events and rehearsals) is scheduled during times which will not conflict with the contestant's class schedules. Dates and times will be announced at a later date.
Workshops: Choosing a Platform TopicInterviewing SkillsPoise and PresentationWardrobe Selection
Events: Contestant Luncheon & Photo ShootMeet the ContestantsLSU Alexandria Mardi Gras ParadeInterview with Judges
Rehearsals: Opening Number rehearsalsCasual Wear & Evening Wear RehearsalsGrand Dress Rehearsal