Jenny Russell, a senior interior design major from Natchitoches, claimed first runner-up last time she competed for the title of Miss Louisiana Tech, but this year she took home the crown.

Jenny Russell - Miss Tech 2010Russell, who also won Best Interview, will compete in the Miss Louisiana pageant later in June. In addition to her title, she received a full tuition scholarship, a wardrobe budget and other various gifts and discounts to local businesses.

Eleven women competed for the event, which was held Jan. 7 in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts. Other finalists are as follows:

• Heather Broadwell, a sophomore biological sciences major from Bossier City — first runner-up;

• Nicole Fairburn, a senior finance major from Abita Springs — second runner-up;

• Lexie McKenzie, a junior accounting major from Minden — third runner-up; and

• Tori Close, a sophomore speech education major from Alexandria — fourth runner-up.

Written by Judith Roberts