Meet the new Miss UNCP 2003, Robyn Baker.
Crowned on November 20, 2003, Baker is a 19-year-old sophomore Music Education major from Northfield, N.J. She is a 5-foot 4-inches with blonde hair and lists singing, piano and physical fitness as her hobbies.
At UNCP, Baker is a member of the University Choir, Pembroke Singers and played a lead role in the Musical Theatre Program's first stage production. She was awarded the Richard C. Pisano Scholarship for her contributions to the Music Department. Baker also won the annual Concerto Competition.
In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, winner of the School Spirit Award, a member of the All South Jersey Choir and won numerous other awards for music and leadership.
The new Miss UNCP has been busy. She was a guest at the grand opening of the new Pembroke Municipal Building on November 12, and attended the Miss Kinston-Lenoir Pageant on November 22. She was Mistress of Ceremonies for the campus-wide Holiday Social on December 3, and she was a judge for the Peterson Elementary School Pageant in Red Springs on December 4.
At the crowning ceremony, Dr. Diane Jones, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, offered greetings on behalf of the University.
"Congratulations Robyn, Miss UNCP 2003," Dr. Jones. "Miss UNC Pembroke has to be well spoken. She has to be concerned with the issues facing our nation today. Miss UNCP must be a well-rounded individual. She must be socially conscientious, dynamic, interested in higher education, and physically fit."
"We know that Robyn will reign with pride and represent this University with poise and dignity," she said.
Baker said she is thrilled at the opportunity to represent the University.
"I love it," she said. "I just want to thank my Mother and Dad, my sister Julie and Steve and all my great friends at UNCP for their encouragement to enter the pageant."
Baker did not wait to be asked how a New Jersey high school student found her way to North Carolina.
"That's the first question everybody asks me," she said. "It's the weather!"
Baker said that during Spring Break, she left 30-degree weather behind in New Jersey for her visit to Pembroke, where the weather was sunny and 70 degrees.
Besides the weather Baker has discovered sweet tea, hush puppies and a lot of friends.
"I'm glad I came here," she said. "I did not know one person here when I arrived, and I met the best friends I'll ever have."
Baker, who wants a career as a performer, said UNCP's Music Department has been great.
"The Music Department is a lot of fun," she said. "I have an awesome vocal instructor in Christine Weidinger."
The department has instilled an appreciation for higher education in the sophomore.
"Eventually, I want to teach, either at the high school or college level," Baker said. "I would like to get a master's degree and a doctorate too."
Besides writing music and working on a CD, Baker will be busy tuning up for her farewell performance on January 29, 2004.
"I can't wait," she said. "I promise that my final performance as Miss UNCP will be a memorable one."