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This item originally appeared in the February 3, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.

By MELISSA WALKER

Staff Writer

At the 50th annual Miss Tech Pageant, Krystal Penuell stepped into the shoes of the Miss Tech title.

Penuell, Miss Tech 2005 and a senior business administration major, said there are no words to describe how it feels to be Miss Tech.

"It hasn't really sunk in," Penuell said. "I have always wanted to be Miss Tech."

Penuell said this title is special to her.

"Being a university queen means so much more to me because I care a lot about Louisiana Tech," Penuell said. "I want to do all I can for the university."

Dr. Dee Dee Anderson, a pageant consultant and the dean of student development, said she was pleased to see Penuell crowned Miss Tech.

"Krystal will do a great job representing us at the state and university level," Anderson said.

"I hope she'll enjoy the year by going to Tech functions and enjoy helping with promotion at Tech."

Anderson also said like last year, the Union Board-sponsored pageant was a success.

"I thought they did a great job," Anderson said. "It was a strong group of contestants, good talent and was very entertaining."

The pageant was held Jan. 27 in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts, and the theme was "Laissez les Bon Temps Rouller," which means "Let the Good Times Roll."

Janice Evans, Linda P. Foster, Kathleen Gillan, Billie Gulledge, and Kellie Wilson served as judges.

Penuell was awarded a tuition scholarship, private room and meals for three quarters, courtesy of the university.

She will benefit from discounts and gifts donated by local businesses. Finally, the new Miss Tech will receive a $2,000 wardrobe budget, given by the Union Board.

Other scholarship recipients include first runner-up Natalie Berlin, a sophomore basic and career studies major; second runner-up Lauren Bischoff, a senior professional aviation major; third runner-up Dagni Bowls, a senior biology major; and fourth runner-up Christina Hendrick, a junior political science major.

Deenay Hicks, a freshman biology major, received the Miss Congeniality Award and Most Ad Sales honor.

The People's Choice Award went to Zeraleigh Spencer, a junior biology major.

Candace Miers, a sophomore journalism major, received the non-finalist academic award for her 3.8 GPA.

Ayanna Alexander, a senior sociology major, was the recipient for the non-finalist community service award.

All award winners received various amounts in scholarships.

Molly Causey, 2004 Miss Tech and a senior accounting major, said giving her crown away Thursday night was bittersweet.

"I perform[ed] and [was] Miss Tech [for] one last night," Causey said. "But I am really excited about the new Miss Tech."

Causey said being Miss Tech was important to her.

"My family has been really involved in Tech," Causey said. "I feel like Miss Tech was my mark I left behind."

Megan Cuevas, third-year Miss Tech pageant director and a senior math education major, is also leaving her role in the Miss Tech pageant behind.

"It has been a lot of work," Cuevas said.

"It is really worth it when you see the girls on stage."

Cuevas said she received many compliments on all of her hard work, including the decorations for this year's Mardi Gras theme.

"It went very well, better than I expected."


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