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March 7, 2007

Sophomore wins Miss Purdue Scholarship Pageant title

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Kelli Hoffman, 22, a Purdue University sophomore in the College of Agriculture, on Saturday (March 3) was named the winner of the Miss Purdue Scholarship Pageant.

Hoffman of Columbia City, Ind., won more than $6,000 in scholarship money and gifts from local businesses. She also will go on to compete in June's Miss Indiana Pageant in Zionsville, Ind., where thousands of dollars in scholarship will be available, as well as a trip to the Miss America pageant.

Fifteen students participated in the pageant, which is affiliated with the Miss America Organization. Contestants had to be full-time Purdue students between the ages of 18-24.

Other top finishers include: Amy Pflugshaupt, 21, of Hamlet, Ind., a senior in the College of Liberal Arts, first runner-up; Beth Gentry, 22, of Pittsboro, Ind., a senior in the College of Liberal Arts, second runner-up; Meghan Lamontagne, 19, of Pelham, N.H., a freshman in the College of Liberal Arts, third runner-up; and Laura Malnar, 22, of Vincennes, Ind., a senior in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences, fourth runner-up.

Malnar and Lisa Stanforth, 22, of Kokomo, Ind., a senior in the College of Liberal Arts, were given the Boilermaker Spirit Award. Alicia Ellenberger, 19, of Valparaiso, Ind., a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts, was the winner of the People's Choice Award.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Source: Erin Ansfield Kraebber, Miss Purdue Scholarship Program director, (765) 337-6814,

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