April 18, 2019  

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Kristen Dupard Crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi

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Kristen Dupard of New Orleans was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi during a ceremony Monday, July 13 in the President’s Conference Room of the Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Kristen Dupard of New Orleans was crowned Miss University of Southern Mississippi during a ceremony Monday, July 13 in the President’s Conference Room of the Lucas Administration Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Dupard ascended to the role in place of Hannah Roberts, who won the Miss Mississippi Pageant in June.

A biochemistry major and student in the University’s prestigious Honors College, Dupard was first runner-up to Roberts in the Miss University of Southern Mississippi Pageant this past fall. Her Miss University of Southern Mississippi platform focuses on voter registration among young people, and educating them about the sacrifices made by those who fought and died for the right to vote.   

The annual Miss University of Southern Mississippi Scholarship Pageant allows contestants to demonstrate their talents and love for Southern Miss by competing in the event. The winner moves on to the Miss Mississippi Pageant.

“I am so blessed, humbled, and honored by the opportunity to be the new Miss University of Southern Mississippi,” Dupard said. “This is an experience that will not only allow me the opportunity to represent my university, but enable me to take the crown into the community.”

Dupard said she’s proud of Roberts and “knew she would do well at the Miss Mississippi Pageant.” Roberts was honored July 11 with a coming home celebration at the University’s Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

“Hannah is so humble and talented. I am so proud of her and cannot wait to see what God has in store for her this year,” Dupard said. “She inspires me to continue breaking those glass ceilings that illustrate that pageantry is not just about a pretty face, but the character of an individual.”

Dupard is also a Luckyday Scholar and involved in the Student Government Association Senatorial branch, N.A.A.C.P., Women in Science and Technology, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the National Association of Black Journalists, among many other organizations.

She was one of two Southern Miss students selected in March to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University, which over a three-day period challenges students to address global issues with practical, innovative solutions.

“It is so exciting to have a wonderful young woman like Kristen take over our Miss USM crown,” said Associate Dean of Students Wynde Fitts. “She is a talented and intelligent young woman with a lot to offer.”

For more information, contact the Southern Miss Office of University Communications at 601.266.4491.