Four-peat: For the fourth year in a row, an Alpha Gamma Delta has won the title of Miss ASU
Published: Monday, February 11, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 17:02
As the contestants lined up in the 39th annual Miss Arkansas State University pageant, a judge handed the Master of Ceremonies and Miss Arkansas Congeniality 2009 award winner Anna Callaway the list of winners. Gowns of red, champagne, silver and white adorned the stage of Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center on Friday night while the women in them were filled with excitement as they awaited the announcement of Miss ASU 2013.
Ten women put their talent to the test, competing for the crown and title to the only student run preliminary pageant to the Miss Arkansas pageant, which is hosted in Hot Springs this summer.
The title of Miss Arkansas State University went to Sarah Hamilton, a sophomore communications disorders major of Paragould. Sponsored by Alpha Gamma Delta, her service platform was, “the importance of supporting the arts,” which was reflected through her vocal performance of “My Man.” Aside from winning the crown, she also tied for the Talent award.
Hamilton said she was in awe when her name was followed by the title of Miss ASU.
“I’m in shock right now. I feel like I’m just about to wake up from my dream,” Hamilton said. “I’m gonna wake up.”
While Hamilton will take home a crown and $5,000 scholarship, four other contestants will not go home empty handed for competing in the on stage question, performing talent and dressing in swimwear and evening gown.
Jordon Fonville, a sophomore clinical laboratory science major of Conway, was sponsored by the gentlemen of Alpha Tau Omega and took the title of first runner-up along with a $500 scholarship. In a shocking award ceremony, Fonville also won the Interview award and tied in the Talent Award with Hamilton.
Second runner up, Molly Jones, a freshman political science major sponsored by the ladies of Chi Omega, is from El Dorado. She took home a $250 scholarship.
A $150 scholarship and the title of third runner-up and Miss Congeniality went to Sarah Loftin, a sophomore nursing major of Paragould. The ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha sponsored her.
The ladies of Chi Omega sponsored Jill Ligon, a sophomore education major of Poplar Grove. She took home the People’s Choice award, the title of fourth runner-up along with a $100 scholarship.
The other competitors consisted of:
- Taylor Keown, a freshman sponsored by Sigma Pi.
- Kaylee Lapiro, freshman sponsored by Sigma Chi.
- Megan Wagner, a junior sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi.
- Alyssa Gooding, a senior sponsored by Alpha Gamma Rho.
- Elli Fowler, a sophomore sponsored by Delta Zeta.
Pi Kappa Alpha President, and executive pageant director, Zach Morrison presented $500 to Sue McDaniel, chair of the Northeast Arkansas Children’s Advocacy Center.
“I don’t know how I could’ve picked if I was a judge. Everyone was just so great. That normally doesn’t happen,” said Chelsea Treadway, Miss ASU 2012.
Treadway said there was a noticeable difference between this year’s pageant and last year’s pageant.
“This year everything went a lot quicker, that was kind of the goal this year to get it rolling,” Treadway said. “This was the first year I thought that we had a group of great talent.”
Treadway said she was more than happy with the judges’ results.
“Sarah absolutely deserves it,” Treadway said. “She’s been competing since she was in teens and so I am really happy to be able to crown her tonight.”
Treadway pointed out that this is another win for Alpha Gam. “Fourth year in a row. We got a bunch of girls ready to rush on stage, take a four year picture,” Treadway said.
Treadway only had good wishes for Hamilton.
“I just hope that she has fun at Miss Arkansas,” Treadway said. “She is so talented so I hope she just keeps on it.”