A new Miss UWA will be crowned with the help of emcee Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan, on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in Bibb Graves Auditorium.

Hagan will perform during the pageant and will also be holding a meet and greet session following the production.

Aside from Hagan, six ladies from UWA will be performing on stage and vying for the title of Miss UWA 2016 and the chance to compete in Miss Alabama.

The contestants and platform topics include Tranquil Shepherd- L’s up for Lupus Awareness, Kennedi Sanders- Reaching Our Children, Jennifer Belcher- Mental Illness Awareness, Tierra Dentry- Dealing with Sexual Assault, Sarah Neill- Buckle Up for Beth and Heather House- Reality of Animal Cruelty.

The preparation of the production often goes unnoticed, as the contestants have to prepare platform statements, talent routines and wardrobes to perfect their personal area’s of competition.

“I have been putting everything together for the pageant since October,” Belcher said. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been more fun than anything. I have grown up in the theatre so being on stage just feels like home.”

The talent portion of the competition is typically a favorite for both the contestants and the viewers. The talents range from dance to vocal, and will not disappoint the audience.

Kennedi Sanders, a junior majoring in psychology, said she is most excited for the talent portion.

“I am just hoping to gain a fun experience from the pageant,” Sanders said. “Everyone helping us to prepare has been extremely helpful.”

Jason Gardner and his team have been putting in a load of effort to make the pageant’s theme, “A Night of the Oscars,” a huge success ending in the crowning of the successor of Miss UWA 2015, Nikki Riley.

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