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Laura Puleo '15L Competes for Miss USA Title

— by on July 12th, 2015

Only a little more than a month after graduating from Washington and Lee School of Law, Laura Puleo ’15L competed as Miss Virginia for the title of Miss USA on Sunday night, July 12. Laura finished in the top 15.

Puleo, who considers Lexington her home, arrived in Baton Rouge two weeks ago to join the other 50 contestants in volunteer work, personal appearances, rehearsals for the television broadcast and preliminary competitions. Last spring, the pageant organization recorded a video feature about Puleo at W&L and around Lexington, which can be seen online.

The “Confidently Beautiful” slogan of the pageant clearly applies to Puleo, who probably holds the highest academic credentials of any 2015 contestant. She earned bachelor’s degrees cum laude in Latin and Attic Greek at Duke University before graduating from W&L Law, where she was elected her class’ representative on the Executive Committee. During one semester, Puleo taught a high school class in constitutional law. She works for The 296 project, a non-profit organization offering art and expressive therapy to military veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.

A profile and photos of Puleo can be found on the Miss USA website.