Seventeen vie for title of Miss Wayland 2007

PLAINVIEW – With a backdrop of classic meets trendy GAP ads, 17 coeds from Wayland Baptist University will vie for the title of Miss Wayland in the pageant set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 in Harral Auditorium.

Themed “GAP: Girls and Pearls,” the pageant will feature an opening number choreographed to a collage of GAP advertisements. Rodney Watson will serve as emcee for the evening, and Celeste Louder, Miss Wayland 2006 and a senior from Hereford, will provide entertainment before handing over her crown to the new Miss Wayland.

Louder has spent the past few months helping plan the pageant with Teresa Moore, student activities coordinator, and Nancy Keith, activities administrative assistant. The hours of work and rehearsals will culminate in the pageant, which features some of Wayland’s most excellent, talented young ladies.

“The whole spirit of rehearsals in the evenings has been different this year. We’ve started with prayer and Bible study and it’s been encouraging,” said Moore. “We were blown away by some of the talent, and it’ll be a tough choice for our judges.”

The pageant actually begins Saturday morning with personal interviews with the judges panel. Then the evening presentation for the public features the talent and evening gown competitions and the selection of the top five finalists. The final five compete in one last live interview question on stage before the winner and her court are named.

Contestants for this year’s pageant, along with their major, hometown and sponsoring organization, are as follows, in alphabetical order:

Alyssa Barrett, a junior from Plainview, is representing Students in Free Enterprise. The daughter of Debra and David Barrett, Alyssa is a business administration major who hopes to own her own business or restaurant in the future. She has competed in the Miss Texas pageants and will present a dramatic reading for her talent. 

Stephanie Ciszek, a senior from Phoenix, is representing Pioneer Band. The daughter of Richard and Valerie Ciszek, Stephanie is a music major and English minor who hopes to work in church music ministry. A musician who plays six instruments, Stephanie will perform a handbell solo for her talent.

Roxanne Davis, a senior from Fort Defiance, Ariz., is representing Chi Alpha. A psychology major and sociology minor, Roxanne is the daughter of Henry and Pandora Watchman and hopes to earn a graduate degree and work on Indian reservations. She is in Wayland Singers and the JV basketball team and will perform a Native American dance for her talent.

Heather Dillard, a sophomore from Lubbock, is representing the Chapel Committee. The daughter of Steve and Cynthia Dillard, Heather is a religion and psychology major and hopes to do mission work and Christian counseling. She is involved in Baptist Student Ministries and will sing an original song for her talent.

Lindsey Fowler, a sophomore from Lubbock, is representing the BSM Freshman Ministries. An elementary education major and religion minor, Lindsey is the daughter of Greg and Velva Fowler and wants to be an elementary school teacher. She is in the Student Union Board and BSM Leadership Team and will present a dramatic reading for her talent.

Abby Holmes, a senior from Hobbs, N.M., is representing International Choir. The daughter of Brad and Karen Holmes, Abby is a music major and English minor who hopes to be involved in music ministry in the future. She is in Alpha Delta Kappa and is senior class president, and she will sing and play the piano for her talent.

Jordan Kuss, a sophomore from Lubbock, is representing the Division of Education. An early childhood education major, Jordan is the daughter of Lonnie and Susie Kuss and wants to teach kindergarten in a Christian school. She is involved in Wayland Singers and Freshman Ministries and will sing for her talent.

Shalisa Ladd, a sophomore from Muleshoe, is representing Pi Sigma Sigma. A chemistry major and biology minor, Shalisa is the daughter of Tom and Gwen Ladd and wants to become a pharmacist. She is a cheerleader and will present a flag routine for her talent.

Missy Pawelek, a sophomore from Lovington, N.M., is representing Alpha Delta Kappa. The daughter of John and Ann Pawelek, Missy is a social studies composite and education major who hopes to teach high school government. She is a WBU cheerleader and will perform sign language to a song for her talent.

Ashley Pyeatt, a sophomore from Plainview, is representing Baptist Student Ministries. A religious education and psychology major, Ashley is the daughter of Niler and SuNell Pyeatt and hopes to serve as a youth or children’s minister or a Christian counselor. She is in Wayland Singers and serves on the BSM Leadership Team and will perform a guitar piece for her talent.

Amy Rendon, a senior from Midland, is representing Spanish Club. A Spanish major and music minor, Amy is the daughter of Benny and Diana Rendon and plans to become a speech or vocal pathologist. She is the chaplain for ADK, is in International Choir and will sing in Spanish for her talent.

Stephanie Skiles, a sophomore from Nemo, is representing American Chemical Society. The daughter of Connie and Kerry Skiles, Stephanie is a chemistry and molecular biology major who hopes to earn a PhD. In chemistry and work at a research institution. She is involved in BSM and will perform a dance for her talent.

Rachel Steinhour, a senior from Thornton, Colo., is representing Student Services. The daughter of Ron and Penny Steinhour, Rachel is a business major and music minor and has future plans to own her own business. She is involved in SIFE and International Choir and will present a vocal and dramatic selection for her talent.

Michal “Carrie” Strickland, a sophomore from Brenham, is representing Ministerial Fellowship. A religion major and Spanish minor, Carrie is the daughter of Butch and Pam Strickland and wants to be a missionary. She is active in BSM and Ministerial Fellowship and will sing in Spanish for her talent.

Mayra Vargas, a junior from Plainview, is representing Sodexho Food Service. The daughter of Manuel and Loudres Vargas, Mayra is a biology major and chemistry minor. She is involved in the Spanish Club and will perform a hip hop dance for her talent.

Brittany Watson, a junior from Blanket, is representing Davis Hall. The daughter of Ken and Theresa Nabers, Brittany is a history and English major who hopes to teach or do archaeology. She works on campus and will perform a dramatic, historic monologue for her talent.

Callie Wheeler, a senior from Whitewright, is representing the Pioneer Baseball Team. A mass communication major and English minor, Callie is the daughter of Scott and Anna Marie Warren and Barry and Tammy Wheeler and hopes to work in Christian radio in the future. Active in Senate, Freshman Ministries and JV basketball, she will sing for her talent.