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First-time performer takes Miss ASU title

By Bethany Gallimore
On April 3, 2014

The ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta brought home their fifth straight Miss ASU title Tuesday night when freshman Alexandria Haley was awarded the crown amid thunderous applause and cheers from the audience.

“It all just has to be in your heart, for sure,” said the new queen, an undeclared major of North Little Rock.

Haley competed on a platform of juvenile diabetes awareness and performed a lyrical dance as her talent.

“I’ve danced all my life and that’s what I’m most passionate about,” she said after her performance. “I loved every moment of it.”

Though Miss ASU was only her first competition, Haley said she now feels comfortable on the pageant stage.

Her victory in Riceland Hall will carry her into the Miss Arkansas competition in June, a preliminary pageant to Miss America.

Haley also received a $5,000 scholarship from Arkansas State University.

Four of the other 12 competitors also received scholarships for their performance in the pageant, which included divisions for interview, lifestyle and fitness, evening gown and on-stage questions.

Elli Fowler, a junior psychology major of Wynne, was named first runner-up after winning the Evening Gown section of the pageant.

Fowler, who was sponsored by the ASU Concert Choir, won a $500 scholarship from the pageant’s sponsor, Pi Kappa Alpha.

The second runner up, Brittney James of McCrory, brought home a $250 scholarship. James entertained the audience as she sang Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” for her talent.

Her philanthropy platform promoted awareness for court appointed special advocates, which provide a voice for children in court.

Interview winner and third runner up Ashlyn Godfrey of Mena was awarded a $150 scholarship from PIKE, and competed on a platform of breast cancer awareness and education.

Godfrey said she enjoys the personal intimacy of interviews, and her platform was influenced by the philanthropy of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha.

Jonesboro native Kaylee Lapiro placed as fourth runner-up and won a $100 PIKE scholarship.

The marketing management major advocated the Make-A-Wish foundation, and got the crowd singing and clapping along to her dance routine to “We Will Rock You.”

 

Other competitors include:

 

- Danner Sullivan, communication disorders major of West Memphis

- Jade McCoy, exercise science major of Searcy

- Jenifer Hawley, communication disorders major of North Little Rock

- Laikin Burroughs, early childhood education major of Pearcy

- Lexi White, exercise science major of Paragould

- Rachel Ryan, marketing management major of Jonesboro

- MaKayla Lyles, biological science major of Lake City

 

Miss ASU 2013 Sarah Hamilton made several appearances throughout the evening before pinning the crown on her successor, including performing vocal covers of popular artists and singing the national anthem.

Hamilton said she has had an amazing year as Miss ASU, and remembers the highlights fondly.

She said is it a bittersweet experience to pass down the crown to her younger Alpha Gamma Delta sister Alexandria Haley. “I’m happy to be passing it down to Alex. She is an incredible person and I know she will do it well,” Hamilton said.

Andrew Reno, senior marketing major of Jonesboro and executive director for Miss ASU 2014, said the experience of the pageant was well worth the efforts his team expended.

 

“The best part of the pageant was seeing the look on Alexandria’s face when she got crowned,” Reno said. “I almost teared up. That’s a moment she’ll remember for the rest of her life, and that’s better than anything else in the world.”

 

Miss ASU is the only Miss Arkansas preliminary sponsored by a university fraternity organization.

 

“We created this pageant 40 years ago to create opportunities for ladies here at ASU that they might not normally have,” Reno said. “We’ve done it for 40 years and we’ll do it for 40 more.”

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