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WMU senior places fifth in Miss Michigan pageant

Aug. 1, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University senior Allison Porrett has the brains and the beauty.

Porrett, a 21-year-old honors students majoring in civil engineering, placed as fourth runner up and received a $3,000 scholarship in the Miss Michigan pageant held June 21 in Muskegon, Mich.

A Port Huron, Mich., native, Porrett has served as secretary and vice president of the Society of Women Engineers and vice president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She also is a member of the Civil and Construction Engineering Student Advisory Board and played piccolo in the Bronco Marching Band.

She is the daughter of Don and Dotti Porrett of Port Huron.

Her interest in beauty pageants started a year ago when she was pursuing opportunities for scholarships. She qualified for the Miss Michigan contest by winning the title of Miss Kalamazoo County last year--her second pageant ever.

"I discovered throughout my reign as Miss Kalamazoo County that I was, and still am, determined to show that an engineer can be more than a physics geek with a calculator," says Porrett, "and that a beauty queen today is nothing like the stereotypical 'princess.'"

After graduation, Porrett plans to pursue a job with a civil engineering firm or city engineering department, earn her master's degree in either environmental engineering or civil engineering, and pass her professional engineering exam.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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