Wayland coeds to vie for title of Miss Wayland in pageant

PLAINVIEW – Eleven women from Wayland Baptist University will show off their poise, beauty and talent on Saturday, Nov. 3, for the annual Miss Wayland pageant, slated for 7 p.m. in Harral Auditorium.

With the theme “Beautiful Girls,” taken from the classic musical Singing in the Rain, the pageant will feature an evening of competition culminating in a new young lady chosen to represent the university. The reigning Miss Wayland 2007, Amy Rendon of Midland, will crown her successor at the end of an evening packed with music, talent and a peek inside what makes women at Wayland special.

“That theme really caught my eye because the song talks about all different kinds of beauty and I like that,” said Rendon. “I feel so honored to be counted among the ranks of Miss Wayland. I am excited to see the next beautiful girl who will be able to serve this university and this community. It will be an honor to crown another deserving girl and see her dreams come true.”

Emcee for the pageant will be Chris Moore, technical theatre director at WBU. Teresa Moore, director of student leadership and activities, coordinates the pageant through her office, with direction and assistance from the reigning Miss Wayland.

The pageant is held in a traditional format, with an opening number, talent competition, evening gown competition, the announcement of the top five and the final question to determine the winner. Interviews with the panel of judges are held Saturday morning, with the remainder of the competition that evening.

Miss Wayland receives a scholarship and a prize package from various local merchants. Her year’s reign includes various appearances at civic organizations, churches and banquets as well as other duties.

Contestants for this year’s contest include the following, listed alphabetically and with personal information:

Rebecca Ballinger, sponsored by International Choir. A senior music education major from Lubbock, Rebecca is the daughter of John and Elizabeth Ballinger. She is in the choir, Student Union Board, Spirit and Alpha Delta Kappa and wants to perform opera music and teach at the university level.

Kelsey Beggs, sponsored by Students in Free Enterprise. A junior business administration major from Muleshoe, Kelsey is the daughter of Beverly Roberson and the granddaughter of Frank McCamish. She is a member of SIFE and Senate and hopes to one day work with the World Health Organization, Red Cross or the American embassy.

Hannah Dillard, sponsored by the Division of Education. A junior elementary education major from Lubbock, Hannah is the daughter of Steve and Cynthis Dillard. She is involved in BSM Freshman Ministries, was a Koinonia leader and is a President's Ambassador. She plans to teach in the future, possibly overseas.

Jessie Else, sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega. A junior mass communications major from Weiser, Idaho, Jessie is the daughter of Lee and Donna Else. She is involved in ADK, SIFE, theatre and speech judging. Her future plans include writing for a community newspaper.

Mary Green, sponsored by Alpha Delta Kappa. The daughter of Stan and Melanie Howerton, Mary is a senior English and Spanish education major from Dumas. She is in ADK, the International Choir and leads a BSM Freshman Ministry group. She plans to teach.

Julia Morrison, sponsored by Student Services. A sophomore from Turkey, Julia is the daughter of Colvin and Latesha Morrison. She is a music major and is involved in choir, Music Educators National Conference and the Spanish Club. She plans to teach music and be involved in missions.

Amanda Murray, sponsored by Student Government Association. A senior molecular biology major from Littlefield, Amanda plans to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon. The daughter of Charles and Anita Murray, Amanda is the president of Student Foundation and plays with the Plainview Symphony Orchestra.

Kendra Ortego, sponsored by Wayland Singers. A sophomore music education major from Marble Falls, Kendra is the daughter of Craig and Karen Ortego. She is a member of Wayland Singers, Wayland Singing Women, the BSM and Pioneer Band and works in Fleming Mays Tower as a resident assistant. She plans to be a school choir director in the future.

Jessica Riemersma, sponsored by Baptist Student Ministries. The daughter of Ed and Cheryl Riemersma of Glendale, Ariz., Jessica is a junior biology major. She is on the BSM Leadership Team and is co-leader of the Apartment Ministries. She plans to become a physical therapist.

Terra Watson, sponsored by the Association of Former Students. The daughter of Rodney and Lana Watson of Plainview, Terra is a sophomore business administration major. She is in Student Alumni Council and Alpha Phi Omega, and is a student worker at WBU. She plans to serve God in a business career.

Tiffany Wisenbaker, sponsored by Student Alumni Council. A sophomore Spanish major from New Caney, Texas, Tiffany is the daughter of Greg and Tammy Wisenbaker. She is involved in Student Alumni Council, Student Union Board and the Baptist Student Ministries. She plans to work in fashion marketing.