The Miss UWA 2014 pageant came and went on the evening of Thursday Nov. 7, with eight of the university’s leading young ladies vying for the honored tiara. As per custom, the competition was split into the categories of questionnaire, swimsuit, talent and evening wear, all punctuated by the very talented singing of 2013’s Miss UWA, junior Tierra Robinson. Each girl displayed exceptional grace and confidence on the stage, making tough work for the judges’ panel, which included Miss UWA 2006 Kate Gentry.
Miss Alabama 2013 herself, Leeds native Chandler Champion, introduced the night’s competitors.
Rebekah Beckham, who played the love interest in UWA’s most recent play, dazzled the audience with her eye-catching wardrobe and with her performance of the song “Almost There” from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.
In addition to holding the title of Miss Demopolis High School 2013, Victoria Washburn executed a moving interpretive dance to Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper.”
Kia Turner sang Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” and rightfully came away with top marks in the swimsuit competition.
Michaela Perry, muse’s own star sportswriter and Assistant Editor, demonstrated exceptional poise in all portions of the competition, shining particularly during her performance of Leanne Rhymes’ “Blue” and in her flowery evening gown.
Eliciting the loudest and most riotous applause from the crowd, basketball athlete Quentinette Odom wowed the auditorium with her glamor and confidence, not to mention her unconventional choice to perform a dramatic monologue wearing boxing gloves for the talent competition.
Ansley Shipp stole the audience’s heart with her winning smile and a charming comedic monologue entitled “I Kissed a Boy.” Miss Shipp was honored with the “People’s Choice” award, having earned the most audience support before the show began.
Alesha McNeese, vice president of the university’s Greek Council and elegant for miles, displayed both warmth and intelligence during her interview question and impressed attendees with her rendition of Adelle’s “Turning Tables.” McNeese’s overall strong performance earned her the honor of “First Runner Up.”
Last but farthest from least is Paige Ip, pre-med major and winner of last April’s Miss Paragon 2013 pageant. Miss Ip is not only a truly stunning young lady, but one with enviable talent and promise. She was a leading star in every category, showing all the qualities expected of a beauty pageant winner: beauty, style, warmth and skill. Ip got top honors in the talent competition, for which she performed a wonderful jazz dance that had her spinning, flipping and leaping across the stage with finesse.
Not surprisingly, Ip was ultimately awarded the title of Miss UWA 2014. Tierra Robinson returned to the stage to pass the torch to Ip, presenting her with the tiara and bouquet of flowers she worked so hard for.