2017 Contestant Spotlight: Wendy Martin

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Wendy is a senior majoring in Human Resource Education from Eagle River, Alaska.

Wendy was born and raised in Alaska and after graduating in May, she will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army and be a helicopter pilot. She also plans on running for the presidency in 2036.

Wendy is a contracted Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet. She served as the Vice President of the student organization Generation Action, has spent over 300 hours volunteering, was a member of Kryptonite Flash Mob Team and was an LSU Bat Girl for one baseball season.

When asked about her hobbies and interests, she says, “I love to be outdoors in any capacity! When I’m not in class, you can find me running the lakes, hunting with my dad, camping with my friends, or just laying outside by the pool enjoying the sun. I am also an avid YouTube fanatic, and love to watch documentaries about anything and everything. If I ever pursue another degree, it will be in investigative journalism.”

Wendy is grateful for every opportunity she has had to grow personally and professionally throughout her collegiate career. She wanted to participate in the Miss LSU-USA Pageant as a grand finale of her LSU experience. She says, “I am ready to graduate and can think of no better way to leave LSU than in a flash of rhinestones.”

Wendy is most looking forward to the swimwear portion of the pageant because it is the most upbeat and fun aspect of the competition. “Everyone has been working so hard in the gym to prepare, and it pays off for these few minutes onstage. Not to mention all the contestants are ahead of the game and ready for Spring Break!”
She says that “being on stage, especially in a swimsuit, and asking to be judged requires self-confidence and a maturity that many people won’t ever experience.” She goes on to say, “participating in this pageant challenges me to be my best physically, helps me hone my skills in interviews and public speaking, and affords me an opportunity to reflect on my image and how I represent myself and my values outwardly.”

She says that even if she is not selected as Miss LSU-USA 2017, she wants to use her participation as a message to other women to “leave anxieties and self doubt behind, and pursue your dreams!” Wendy goes on to say that “So many people never reach their greatest potential because they are scared of judgment or failure, but the only hindrance is really their own fear. I strive to be a role model in the same capacity as a woman in a male dominated career field, and I hope to encourage others to break out of their comfort zones and achieve their dreams.”

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