Twelve Vying for the Title of Miss Wayland
PLAINVIEW – On Saturday, 12 young women will compete for the title of Miss Wayland 2018. The annual scholarship pageant will take place at 7 p.m. in Wayland’s Harral Auditorium.
Admission to the event is $5 or $2 with a valid Wayland student ID. Proceeds benefit Operation Christmas Child and Wayland’s Student Government Association.
Contestants include Bethany Rogers who will represent the Office of Admissions. A senior sociology major from Grand Junction, Colo., Rogers enjoys traveling, sports, singing, acting and learning about other cultures. She plans to earn a master’s degree in social work and become a licensed clinical social worker. She also plans to become fluent in Mandarin. Rogers is a member of the language honor society, Alpha Mu Gamma. She is a student worker in the Office of Admissions and serves as a resident assistant in the dorms. Rogers will perform a monologue as her talent
Sammantha Dixon will represent the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences. A senior sociology major from Dubois, Wy., Dixon enjoys sports, outdoor activities and working with children. She plans to work for Child Protective Services. While at Wayland, Dixon played JV basketball, served on the Student Union Board and worked as a resident assistant. She will demonstrate archery skills as her talent.
Britney Levy will represent the WBU spirit teams. She is a sophomore pre-nursing major from Belton who enjoys dance, painting and being with friends. She plans to become a pediatric oncology nurse. Levy is a member of the Wayland dance team and will be performing a dance as her talent.
Representing the School of Music is Jordan Hickerson, a junior keyboard performance major from Roswell, N.M. Hickerson enjoys drawing, writing, composing music, playing the piano and “learning about anything and everything.” She hopes to one day serve as a missionary, as well as teach music theory and aid in the rescuing of human trafficking victims. Hickerson is a member of the International Choir and praise ensemble and has been active in Baptist Student Ministries and a co-leader of a women’s Bible study. She will perform a piano composition as her talent.
Ellen Hedlund will represent the President’s Ambassadors. A senior elementary education major from New Cuyama, Calif., Hedlund enjoys athletics, outdoor activities, country music and Clint Eastwood movies. She hopes to teach in rural West Texas and impress upon her students the importance of being an American. Hedlund has been a President’s Ambassador for three years, as well as being active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a member of the junior varsity basketball team, a resident assistant and a student worker in the education department. She will perform a comical self-defense routine as her talent.
Kori Loud is being sponsored by the library. She is a junior from Odessa, majoring in exercise and sports science. Her hobbies include dance, working with children and styling hair. A student worker in the library, Loud plans to coach elementary physical education when she graduates. She will perform a praise dance as her talent.
The women’s wrestling team is sponsoring Evelynn Simmons, a junior biology major from El Paso. A member of the women’s wrestling team, Simmons has also served on the student orientation task force and is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Texas Academy of Sciences. Upon graduation, she wants to attend physical therapy school. She will perform a self-defense demonstration as her talent.
A senior justice administration major from Killeen, Kiera Boyce is representing the Black Student Association. Her hobbies include dancing, wrestling, poetry, music and forensics. A member of the women’s wrestling team, Boyce serves as president of the Black Student Association and plans to attend law school after graduation. She will perform a spoken word for her talent.
Faith McKinney is representing the Student Union Board. A sophomore elementary education major from Colorado Springs, Colo., McKinney enjoys singing, acting, art and spending time with kids. She hopes to work overseas in an orphanage where she can minister to children. She currently works in student activities and serves on the Student Union Board and Student Alumni Council. She will perform a monologue as her talent.
Sponsored by the Honors Program, Abigail Pearce is a senior justice administration major from Clovis, N.M. Her hobbies include ministry, knitting, music and film development. She serves as a counselor at the Crisis Pregnancy Center and hopes to be an attorney and help with child welfare in New Mexico. Pearce is an active member of Baptist Student Ministries and a resident assistant in Ferguson Hall. She is a member of the Student Government Association, Counsel of Student Organizations, Student Foundation and the Honors Program. She will perform a rap/speech for her talent.
Patrice Daniels is a senior environmental science major from Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. She is being sponsored by the Wayland track team. Daniels’ hobbies include crocheting, camping, hiking, learning about aquatic animals and volunteering. She is a member of the track and cross country teams and works for information technology. Daniels plans to join the Air Force upon graduation and then pursue a career as a marine biologist. She will perform a dance as her talent.
Savanna Knowlton is representing the Business Office. She is a sophomore religion major from Artesia, N.M., and enjoys attending WBU sporting events, painting and crafting, fishing, traveling and watching Netflix. Knowlton is a resident assistant in Davis Hall and works in the Business Office. She plans to work as a women’s counselor upon graduation. Knowlton will present words of encouragement as her talent.