The University of West Alabama’s annual Miss Paragon pageant is coming up during the annual Springfest Week on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Bibb Graves Auditorium. Admission is one dollar.

Sponsored by Blue Key Honor Society, Miss Paragon is one of the oldest and longest running traditions at UWA, established in 1980. The beauty pageant that raises money for the Student Emergency Relief Fund. The fundings are used to assist students who cannot afford books for college or other emergencies. Blue Key is a national leadership honor society that recognizes men and women for leadership in extracurricular and academic affairs.

This spring’s pageant will feature 18 young ladies all hoping to be crowned Miss Paragon. Contestants are sponsored by organizations at $20 each. The pageant’s top twelve finalists are featured in the Student Life Activity Calendar and are also named Livingston’s Loveliest.

As with any pageant, participants are judged based on three categories: beauty, poise and dress. During the first round, participants are seen individually and then in small groups of 3-5. Judges then vote and the Top 12 return for a second individual walk. This year the pageant is adding a People’s Choice winner as well.

The Blue Key Honor Society also hosts the Miss UWA Pageant. Both Miss UWA and Miss Paragon are similar in terms of judgments, but they differ from each other as well. Miss UWA is affiliated with the Miss America pageant organization, and the winner represents UWA on the state level. Miss Paragon, however, is only a UWA tradition. The winner is recognized in the Homecoming Parade and emcees the next Miss Paragon Pageant.

The 2017 Miss Paragon Pageant will be held April 11 at the Bibb Graves Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Admission is one dollar.

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