Seven co-eds in the running for Miss Wayland crown

September 15, 2011

PLAINVIEW – Last fall, Plainview native Jovanna Berrera graced the stage at Wayland’s Harral Memorial auditorium, winning the title Miss Wayland 2011. In the months that followed, Barrera represented the school in various capacities and recently represented her home town at the Miss Texas pageant. Next Saturday, Barrera will fulfill her duty as Miss Wayland when she crowns a classmate as Miss Wayland 2012.

Seven girls will compete for the title and the right to represent their school in 2012 as the 41st Miss Wayland Scholarship Pageant takes place in Harral Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24. The pageant is being held nearly six weeks earlier this year than in previous years, due to scheduling conflicts. Still, Teresa Moore, Director of Student Leadership at Wayland, said this may be one of the best overall groups in several years to compete for the crown.

“For the small number, this is a very high quality group of girls,” Moore said.

The co-eds will compete in evening wear, talent and interview competitions. The top three finishers will receive scholarships, and the winner will also receive a prize package donated by local businesses. There will be awards for best talent, best interview, best evening wear and Miss Congeniality. Contestants will have a final question to answer before the winners and runners-up are named.

Admission to the pageant is $5 for general admission and $3 for Wayland students and employees.

The contestants are:

Janelle Durrough is a sophomore from Altus, Okla., still undecided on her major. She is representing Fleming-Mays Tower. Durrough is a hurdler on the WBU track team and enjoys singing, dancing and reading. She will dance for her talent presentation. While at Wayland, Durrough has been involved with Baptist Student Ministries, Sigma Phi Lambda and the Wayland Rec Team. She has also been a resident advisor for Fleming-Mays Tower and the president of Wayland’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

A sophomore from Brownwood, Tessa Kendrick is majoring in church music and worship. She has been involved in Student Foundation, Wayland Singers and Wayland Singing Women and will sing for her talent presentation. Her future ambitions include singing for the rest of her life. Kendrick is representing the Wayland Singers.

Representing the Office of Communications and Public Relations is Alyssa Palser, a senior mass communications major from Dumas. Palser will swing dance for her talent presentation. She is a member of the Wayland yearbook staff, has worked for the campus newspaper and in the public relations office, as well as being a student leader for Koinonia. Her future plans include working toward a master’s degree in event planning at Texas Tech University and becoming a wedding planner.

Aubrey Pedigo is a junior, elementary education major from Canyon. A member of the Flying Queens basketball team, Pedigo enjoys reading and singing in her spare time. A former Freshman Class Favorite, she will sing for her talent presentation. She hopes to one day become a bilingual first-grade teacher. Pedigo is representing the Flying Queens.

Crystal Rodriguez will represent The Traveler, Wayland’s yearbook. Rodriguez is a sophomore from Plainview, majoring in molecular biology. She is currently the editor of the yearbook and fills in as photographer when needed. Crystal maintains a number of hobbies, including playing piano for her church on special occasions. She will perform a piano solo for her talent presentation.

Representing the Pioneer baseball team, Jessica Salazar is a junior business marketing major from El Paso. A member of the Wayland dance team, Salazar will dance for her talent presentation. She enjoys going on long runs and shopping and hopes to one day complete a master’s degree in fashion merchandising, leading to a job in the fashion industry.

Dananai Semwayo is a junior from Miami, Fl., majoring in political science. A member of Wayland’s President’s Ambassadors, Semwayo is also involved in Sigma Phi Lambda, Student Foundation, Baptist Student Ministries and she is on the track and field team. Semwayo will perform an African dance for her talent presentation. She hopes to one day qualify for the Olympic track team and would like to become a lawyer. Semwayo is representing Baptist Student Ministries.