Eleven coeds vying for title of Miss Wayland

PLAINVIEW – Eleven young ladies will compete for the title of Miss Wayland Baptist University in the annual Miss Wayland pageant slated for Saturday, Nov. 5.

Featuring a theme of “Sophisticated Lady,” the pageant will be held at 7 p.m. in Harral Auditorium on the Wayland campus. Reigning Miss Wayland 2005 Alpha Jennings of Plainview will participate in the pageant’s opening number, give a talent performance and a farewell walk and then will crown the winner.             

Dr. Gary Belshaw, assistant professor of piano pedagogy at Wayland, will serve as emcee for the event. The evening will include an opening number, followed by the evening gown and talent portions of the competition for all contestants. The judges will then narrow the field to five contestants, who then will answer a final question. The total scores are based on poise and talent, evening gown and personal interviews, which are held before the pageant with the judges.             

A reception will follow the pageant in the atrium of the Mabee Learning Resources Center, with prizes and scholarships presented to the winning Miss Wayland. Admission for the pageant is $5 for the general public or $3 for Wayland employees or students, with tickets available at the door.             

The contestants for this year’s pageant are as follows, in order by contestant number:             

Christie Ward, a junior marketing and management major from Plainview, will represent Student Alumni Council. The daughter of Jerry and Susan Ward, Christie is active in cheerleading, band and Alpha Delta Kappa and is the reigning Miss Amarillo Area 2005. For her talent, she will present a jazz dance.             

Kameron Stephens, a junior elementary education major from Van Alstyne, will represent Kappa Upsilon Chi. The daughter of Dave and Cindy Stephens, Kameron leads Apartment Ministries, is on the BSM Leadership team and is an officer in ADK. For her talent, she will do sign language.             
Alyssa Hill, a junior music major from Sunray, is representing Student Foundation. The daughter of Bobby and Evelyn Hill, Alyssa is in International Choir and Student Foundation. She will sing for her talent.             

Candace Sanchez, a junior elementary education major from Ira, will represent Owen Hall. The daughter of Gilbert and Carla Sanchez, Candace is in Psi Chi. For her talent, she will sing.             

Joy Miller, a sophomore religious education major from Amarillo, will represent freshman ministries. The daughter of Victor and Theresa Miller, Joy is sophomore class president and is on the BSM leadership team. She will present a dramatic reading for her talent.             

Celeste Louder, a sophomore math major from Hereford, is representing Baptist Student Ministries. The daughter of Steve and Pam Louder, Celeste is involved in apartment ministries, BSM Leadership Team, dorm Bible study, JV basketball and other BSM projects. For her talent, she will play the piano.             

Abby Holmes, a junior music major from Hobbs, N.M., will represent Student Government Association. The daughter of Brad and Karen Holmes, Abby is in International Choir, ADK, SGA Cabinet and other music activities. She will sing and play the piano for her talent.             

Amber Sutton, a junior education major from Lubbock, will represent Alpha Delta Kappa. The daughter of Chris and Shirley Sutton, Amber is involved in theatre, BSM, ADK and apartment ministries. She will sing and play an original song for her talent.             

D’Lea Autry, a junior mass communications major from Tahoka, will represent Student Union Board. The daughter of Robbie and De’Aun Autry, D’Lea is involved in SUB, yearbook, marching band and Koinonia. For her talent, she will sing.             
Jessica Amador, a sophomore education major from Plainview, will represent Wayland Singers. The daughter of Henry and Mary Amador, Jessica is involved in Wayland Singers. For her talent, she will sing and accompany herself.             

Lauren Willson, a senior music education and vocal major from Idalou, will represent International Choir. The daughter of Blair and Gayle Willson, Lauren is involved in Spirit, Phi Theta Kappa and International Choir. For her talent, she will sing.