Southwest Baptist University will honor one male and one female student at the annual Mr. and Miss Southwest pageant, which takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus.
Eight candidates are nominated by SBU faculty and staff and voted upon by the student body to select a pair of standout students to represent the Bearcat family for the next year. The voting will take place by text message during the pageant, which will include opportunities to learn more about the candidates through everything from introductory videos to talent presentations and question-and-answer sessions.
This year’s candidates are Delaney Sawyer of Plata, Missouri, Kate Brand of Salem, Missouri, Kaila Lloyd of Cold Springs, CA, Loran Pritchett of Rolla, Missouri, Drew Ross of Olathe, KS, Dorian Woodson of Farmington, Missouri, Eli Cook of West Plains, MO and Minh Dinh of West Plains, Missouri.
The beginnings of the “Miss Southwest” pageant date back to the 1930s, with “Mr. Southwest” being added in 1963. The pageant is part of Bearcat Days, a two-day visit event in which admitted students considering SBU attendance are hosted on campus.
Admission to the pageant is free and open to the public. For more information about Mr. and Miss Southwest, please contact Mollie Banks at mbanks@SBUniv.edu.
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