Lucky thirteen vying for title of Miss Wayland

Release Date: October 28, 2009

PLAINVIEW – The number 13 may be an unlucky omen for some folks, but for Wayland Baptist University, it’s the perfect number to put on the Miss Wayland Pageant.

Slated for Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., the pageant includes an opening number, evening gown and talent competitions, with a private interview with the judges held earlier in the day. Themed “The Time of My Life,” the pageant will feature Danny Andrews, director of alumni development, as emcee and a final appearance by Miss Wayland 2009 Kristin Blakely. The winner serves as an ambassador for the university for the following year and receives a scholarship and prize package from area businesses.

This year, 13 coeds are competing for the title, already heavily in the throes of late-night rehearsals that ensure a seamless, enjoyable pageant for both the contestants and audience members. The public is invited to attend the event in Harral Auditorium as well, with admission at $5 for the public and $3 for WBU employees or students with an ID.

Once all girls have competed in evening gown and talent competitions, the judges will narrow the field to five finalists and those will be posed a final question in order to determine the winner and runners-up. Blakely will crown Miss Wayland 2010 after her final walk.

Participants in the pageant are as follows, listed alphabetically with hometown and academic information, parents, sponsoring organization and activity information:

Natalie Crawford, sophomore religious education major. The daughter of Denise and Curtis Crawford of Azle, Natalie is a connect group leader for Baptist Student Ministries and is in Ministerial Fellowship. She helps with the youth at Stonebridge Fellowship and wants to work in youth ministry. Her talent will be speed painting and she is sponsored by BSM.

Alyson “Aly” Evans, sophomore vocal music education major. A native of Lubbock, Aly is the daughter of Denise and John Evans. She is in International Choir, her sponsoring organization, and in Senate. Her goal is to become a middle school choir director, and she taught at Frenship Middle School her senior year of high school. Her talent will be singing.

Sarah Flowers, junior nursing major. The daughter of Laura Flowers of New Braunfels, Sarah leads a student prayer group and Bible study and is on the water purification project committee. She wants to do international medical missions for a nonprofit organization in the future. Her talent will be stand-up comedy, and she is sponsored by Kappa Chi Upsilon men’s fraternity.

Lesley Gatlin, sophomore theatre major. The daughter of Gary and Donna Gatlin of Graham, Lesley is in Wayland Singers and Alpha Psi Omega and was her freshman class president. She is on the yearbook staff and hopes to do mission work using Christian theatre as outreach and in churches. Her talent will be a monologue and song, and she is sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega.

Dana Gose, sophomore elementary education major. A native of Tucson, Ariz., Dana is the daughter of Anna Wakatani and Jim Gose. She is involved in Kappa Delta Pi education honor society and is a resident assistant in her dormitory. She works in the children’s ministry at First Baptist Church and wants to open her own Christian preschool. Her talent will be comedy and she is sponsored by Fleming-Mays Tower.

Sharon Haney, junior business education major. The daughter of Marty and Sandy Haney of Spearman, Sharon is active in Student Foundation and in Baptist Student Ministries, where she sings on the worship team. She is a math tutor and also sings at Stonebridge Fellowship. She wants to teach. Her talent will be singing and playing piano and she is sponsored by Student Foundation.

Christina Helsley, junior elementary education major. A native of Big Spring, Christina is the daughter of Bruce and Rebecca Helsley. She is in Student Government and Wayland Singers and wants to become a teacher or children’s minister. Her talent will be singing, and she is sponsored by Wayland Singers.

Courtney Hickman, junior music major. The daughter of Grant and Kim Hickman of Perryton, Courtney is in BSM, International Choir and Wayland Singing Women as well as the Society of Composers, who is sponsoring her. She wants to work in the music industry for a recording label. Her talent will be vocal performance.

Leandria Lee, sophomore pre-physical therapy major. The daughter of Larry and Stephanie Lee of Tyler, Leandria is on the Pioneer Track team and was a MVP in track in high school, winning state two years. She hopes to work as a physical therapist and wants to compete in the 2012 Olympics. Her talent will be singing and she is sponsored by the Student Union Board.

Bethany Netherton, junior psychology major. A native of Tucson, Ariz., Bethany is the daughter of Roger and Virginia Netherton. She is involved in Student Foundation, Sigma Tau Delta, Student Union Board and the President’s Ambassadors, her sponsoring organization. She hopes to earn a master’s degree in counseling and become a counselor working with teen girls. Her talent will be a dramatic reading.

Holly Owens, junior early childhood education major. A native of Pampa, Holly is the daughter of Barry and Francene Owens. She is the historian for Kappa Delta Pi and has been involved in several WBU music groups. She would like to pursue her master’s degree in special education and teach. Her talent will be playing the viola, and she is sponsored by KDP.

Rachel Rima, junior business administration major. The daughter of Dave and Sherri Rima of Perryton, Rachel is involved in BSM and is an avid fan of Wayland sports. She has been on mission trips and loves working with youth groups. She is considering a career as a personal financial planner. Her talent is singing and she is sponsored by Student Government Association.

Jackie Sotelo, sophomore business major. A native of El Paso, Jackie is the daughter of Ignacio and Veronica Sotelo. She is involved with Student Union Board and in leadership and service activities. She hopes to open a home for women struggling with problems to provide counseling and ministry. Her talent will be dancing and she is sponsored by Brotherhood Hall.