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UW-Eau Claire Graduate|
Wears Miss Wisconsin Crown
MAILED: July 20, 1999|
A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate who prepared guidelines to help young women develop character and practice sexual abstinence was recently crowned Miss Wisconsin.
Mary-Louise Kurey, a native of Brookfield, accepted the honor June 26 during the annual Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh.
"When they announced my name as Miss Wisconsin I was totally overjoyed," Kurey said. "It was a moment like no other in my life. It was amazing."
Currently pursuing an artist diploma in voice performance at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Kurey is a strong proponent of sexual abstinence through character development.
Several years ago she developed a sexual abstinence program, consisting of presentations and workshops for ages 6 through adult, which addressed the root causes of teen sexual activity. During her reign as Miss Wisconsin, Kurey plans to promote her sexual abstinence platform at schools around the state.
"Too many American teens suffer from the choice to participate in premarital sex," she said. "We explore character development by differentiating between positive and negative peer pressure, fostering the respect of self and others and examining the importance of goal-setting and positive decision-making."
At UW-Eau Claire, Kurey graduated summa cum laude with a degree in music and was chosen commencement speaker for the class of 1996. She completed the University Honors Program, received the Phi Kappa Phi National Graduate Fellowship, was nominated for best actress and best supporting actress awards and was the recipient of 17 merit scholarships for talent and academic excellence.
Her career ambition is to be a professional opera singer and a university-level professor of music.
"At UW-Eau Claire I received a well-rounded education," she said. "I went to college thinking I'd only be studying music, but I left with a wonderful education that expanded my horizons."
On Sept. 2, Kurey will head east to Atlantic City, N.J. for the Miss America competition, which airs on ABC stations at 7 p.m. Sept. 18.
"I'm really excited about the Miss America competition," she said. "This is all a dream come true."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 20, 1999