Lafayette — Madeleine Claire Ortte, of Thibodaux, will reign as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s 2014 Homecoming queen.
Maids on her court are Kristen Michele Ashford, of Port Allen; Melanie Calyn Benit, of Meraux; Hallie Reneé Boudreaux, of Lafayette; Alexandra Dardar, of Abbeville; Anna Katherine Devitt, of Baton Rouge, and Paola Mercedes Doria, of Houma.
Nominees for the court are submitted by UL Lafayette student organizations. Senior Ragin’ Cajun football players choose the court after nominees have been interviewed.
The Homecoming Court will be featured on a float in the annual Homecoming Parade that begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Later that day, the court will be presented during halftime of the game between the Ragin’ Cajuns and the South Alabama Jaguars at 4 p.m. at Cajun Field.
This year’s Homecoming theme is “Ragin’ Cajuns Ever After.”
Ortte, daughter of Josi and Ricky Ortte, is a senior majoring in speech pathology. She was nominated for the Homecoming Court by Kappa Delta sorority, where has served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as vice president of new member education in 2013. A member of the University Honors Program, Ortte has been on the President’s List since 2011 and is a member of Blue Key Honor Society. Ortte was named Outstanding Freshman in spring 2012 and Outstanding Junior this spring by the Student Leadership Council.
Kristen Michele Ashford, daughter of Laynea and Mike Ashford, was nominated by Phi Mu sorority, where she was treasurer for the fall 2013 pledge class and represented the sorority as a Krewe of Roux maid. Ashford was named Phi Mu Greek Service Woman of the Year for 2013-14. A sophomore majoring in nursing, she is a member of the Ragin’ Peppers spirit organization, Infinity Dance Group, National Honor Society of Leadership and Success and University Program Council Spirit Committee and Street Team. She is the 2014 Miss West Baton Rouge Parish Sugar Queen.
Melanie Calyn Benit, daughter of Therese and Frederick Benit, is a senior majoring in political science and marketing. She was nominated by the Student Government Association, where she is treasurer and served as a senator in 2013 and justice in 2012. Benit has been selected to study economics with Dr. José Pinera, at the Institute for Leadership in the Americas in Santiago, Chile. She was awarded an SGA scholarship in 2013, UL Lafayette political science scholarship in 2012 and a UL Lafayette Academic Excellence Scholarship. Benit is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Student Leadership Council, the University Honors Program, Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Rho Lambda Panhellenic Honor Society and Blue Key Honor Society.
Senior Hallie Reneé Boudreaux, daughter of Gerald and Carlos Boudreaux, is majoring in elementary education. She is president of the Theta Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which nominated her for the court. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta National Academic Honor Society. A Black Faculty and Staff honoree in 2013 and 2014, she was recognized at the Spring Honors Convocation from 2012-2014.
Senior Alexandra Dardar, daughter of Susan and Clayton Dardar, was nominated by the Institute of Management Accountants, where the accounting major is vice president of communications. She has been named to the Dean’s List and the President’s List and is the recipient of B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration scholarships. Dardar has been a member of Beta Alpha Psi accounting honor society since 2012 and was vice president of its service activities in 2013.
Anna Katherine Devitt, daughter of Karen and Jim Devitt, is a student-athlete majoring in public relations. She’s a member of the university’s cross-country team and the track and field team. A junior, she was named an NCAA Academic All American, named to the Sun Belt All Conference team for cross country and indoor track and named to Sun Belt Commissioner’s List. Devitt was the women’s track and field Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s cross country Freshman of the Year. She is a member and licensing chair of Delta Delta Delta sorority, which nominated her for the court. Devitt is a member of the University Honors Program and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. She was named to the Presidents List and was a finalist for UL Lafayette Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Paola Mercedes Doria, daughter of Dr. Raul and Kati Doria, is a senior majoring in dietetics. She was nominated by the Student Dietetics Association, where she is vice president. Doria is also a member of the Acadiana Nutrition and Dietetics Association. She was a member of the Student Government Association for five years and received SGA scholarships in 2013 and 2014. Doria is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, was a member of the University Program Council’s executive board and was a SOUL Camp student mentor in 2014. She was named to the Dean’s List in 2012-2013 and the President’s List in 2014.