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Shelby Bordelon crowned Miss Southeastern 2024

Haley Dupre
(from left) First-Runner Up Miranda Sensat, Miss Southeastern 2024 Shelby Bordelon and Second-Runner Up Kyndall Smith

On Friday, Jan. 26, the Campus Activities Board held the 64th annual Miss Southeastern Louisiana University Scholarship Competition at the Columbia Theatre. Senior strategic communication major Shelby Bordelon won the competition, succeeding Miss Southeastern 2023 Kobi Painting.  

“It was the happiest moment of my entire life,” Bordelon said after Painting crowned her Miss Southeastern 2024.

Alongside Bordelon, seven other delegates competed for the title, including: 

  • Sophomore music education major Miranda Sensat 
  • Junior business management major Kyndall Smith 
  • Junior creative writing major Anna Toups 
  • Senior general studies major Sara Cavalier 
  • Junior information technology major Amber Kirk 
  • Freshman nursing major Caitlin McLin
  • Sophomore finance major Madison Hogan 

Office for Student Engagement director Marjorie Parker led the night’s proceedings, announcing each portion of the competition and the various awards. 

Each portion was worth a percentage of their overall scores. Judges plucked from the local community graded each delegate based on their performance in four areas: private interview (35%), in-person interview (15%), talent (35%) and evening gown (15%). 

In addition to the crown, Bordelon won the People’s Choice Award for receiving the most likes on her photo on CAB’s Facebook. Her musical theatre performance garnered her the Talent Award and her sequined white dress landed her the Evening Gown Award.  

Sensat won First-Runner Up and Miss Congeniality, Smith won Second-Runner Up and the Academics Award and Hogan won the Miss Southeastern Legacy Scholarship Award. 

Former Miss Southeastern winners and title holders from across the state, including Miss Louisiana 2023 Mackenzie Scroggs, attended the competition and spoke to the audience.

The night’s proceedings doubly served as Painting’s farewell; before the award announcements, CAB played a slideshow composed of pictures from Painting’s year as Miss Southeastern. Painting spoke over the slideshow, thanking her family, friends and SLU for their love and support. 

“I’ve loved every second of this year. It has been a dream for three years and it finally came true in 2023. Having the opportunity to represent SLU has been one of my biggest goals and I achieved it. I’m so grateful for everyone who has gotten me here and I can’t wait for the next chapter,” she said after the competition. 

Painting spoke highly of Bordelon as well, saying the new Miss Southeastern will make a great university representative. 

“I’m so excited for Shelby. She has a beautiful heart and I know she’s going to take on this role head first,” Painting expressed.

Bordelon said she’s looking forward to representing SLU at the Miss Louisiana competition in June and helping students develop healthy social media habits via her community service initiative, Shelby’s Social Canvas: Brushing Life’s Colors in Every Post.


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Kennith Woods, News Editor
Kennith Woods is a sophomore communication major with a concentration in television and multimedia journalism and a creative writing minor. A resident of Prairieville, Kennith is The Lion’s Roar’s newly-minted news editor. His passion for progressive change within our communities is the driving factor behind his educational pursuits, as he wants to use journalism to facilitate vital information to the public and simultaneously serve as a mouthpiece for the people’s needs and concerns.
Haley Dupre, Photography Editor
Haley Dupre' is a sports communication major from Donaldsonville. She joined our team in Oct. 2021 as a reporter. In addition to her contributions to Student Publications, Haley actively participates in managing SLU Track and Field's social media channels. With her passion for capturing photos, she aspires to build a career in sports photography.
Dasyonne Brashear, Le Souvenir Editor-in-Chief
Dasyonne Brashear is a marketing major from Loranger. She started working for Student Publications in the Fall of 2021. She enjoys reading, taking pictures and playing with her dog, Daisy, in her free time.
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