Plainview native named Miss Wayland 2011

November 6, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Plainview sophomore Jovanna Barrera claimed the crown as Miss Wayland Baptist University 2011 during the Saturday night pageant held in Harral Memorial Auditorium. She is the 40th young lady to wear the title.

Barrera, the daughter of Joe and Frances Barrera, represented the Student Union Board. She is a business administration major and works part-time for Hale County State Bank.

En route to the crowning, Barrera wowed the pageant audience with her singing talent, crooning the Francesca Battistelli hit “Free to Be Me,” accompanied by Plainview sophomore Marisabelle Trevino on guitar. She then participated in the evening gown competition with the other 10 contestants before being named one of five finalists.

The finalists then took turns answering the final question before the judges submitted their choice for the young lady to be named the next ambassador for Wayland. Barrera answered the judges’ query about what contribution she would make as Miss Wayland by responding that she would focus on serving the community and its various entities.

As the winner, Barrera receives a package of prizes from various city businesses and organizations, including several gift cards, a savings bond and gift baskets. She also receives a scholarship from Wayland for the year of her reign.

Senior business major Neeca Moody of Clyde was named first runner-up; second runner-up was junior Kelli West of Corona, N.M. Kady Pryde of Abilene, a senior biology and religion major, was third runner-up, and Seymour native Lauren Huckabee, a sophomore elementary education major, rounded out the top five as fourth runner-up.  Moody and Pryde shared their dance talents with ballet and modern dance numbers, while West and Huckabee sang for their talent portion. 

Other honors presented were Miss Congeniality, given to contestant Michelle Ritter, a junior education major from Tucson, Ariz. Ritter also earned the Best Talent award for her musical number “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun” from the musical Annie Get Your Gun. Best Evening Gown award went to Pryde, and Best Interview honors went to Huckabee. The individual portion awards are presented to the ladies with the highest scores in those areas who are not the pageant’s winner.

Judges for the pageant were Jennifer Riley, Marla Maresca, Ron Warren and Jack Scarborough. Emcees for the evening were Glenn and Tommie Quebe. The pageant is organized by the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement.