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Pageant Returns After Year Off

Pageant Returns After Year Off

By Hailey Usher, Staff WriterPageant

The 62nd-annual Miss UNCP pageant will be held on Jan. 29 at GPAC starting at 7 p.m. This will be the first pageant since 2013, when Kelsey Cummings became the first graduate student to win the crown.

The ladies participating in the Miss UNCP scholarship pageant will take to the stage with the theme “The 21st Century Woman.”

This year, the pageant has seven all new contestants ranging from freshmen to graduate students. They will be competing in five categories: talent, on-stage question, causal wear, evening wear and interview.

Director and choreographer Zavery McDougald, said that what the audience can expect from the pageant this year is a showcase of talent and the abilities of a diverse group of students.

The contests are: freshman Alexis Jones, freshman Amanda Levy, sophomore Jael Pembrick, graduate student Bessie Barnes, freshman Taley Strickland, junior Tatiana Reed and junior Kara Atkins.

The Miss UNCP pageant wasn’t held last year  due to low sign-up, but the pageant has been held for the previous 61 years.

Miss UNCP was a primary pageant to the Miss North Carolina pageant, which goes to the Miss America pageant. The university stopped winners from going to the Miss North Carolina pageant in 2012 to give graduate students the chance to participate and have a chance to receive scholarship money at an age limit of 26 years old.

The goal of the Miss UNCP pageant is to select a young woman to represent the university and assist young ladies with a scholarship opportunity.

“I look forward to seeing everything put together; the girls have rehearsed a lot and have worked really hard this year,” said Teresa Bryant, coordinator of the pageant.

Each non-finalist contestant will receive scholarship money of $100; third runner-up, $250; second runner-up, $500; first runner-up, $750. Miss UNCP will receive $2,000 in scholarship money, $500 wardrobe allowance, free housing and meal plan sponsored by housing and Sodexo and a class ring sponsored by Jostens and the UNCP Bookstore.

Admission is $5, and the event is open to the public. Students get in free.