Monday, April 22, 2013

Young, Evans win Mr. and Ms. Southwest pageant

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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Young, Evans win Mr. and Ms. Southwest pageant
BOLIVAR, Mo. Landon Young, a junior Biblical Studies major from Potosi, and Laura Evans, a junior Elementary Education major from Houston, Texas, were crowned Mr. and Ms. Southwest Friday, April 12, at Southwest Baptist University.

“Laura and Landon are fantastic examples of the type of servant leadership SBU strives to instill in each of its students,” said Anderson Gilberto, Major Events chair for the University Activities Council at SBU and one of the event emcees. “They will represent the school well as the reigning Mr. and Ms. Southwest.”

Faculty selected eight juniors to compete for the titles of Mr. and Ms. Southwest, an SBU tradition.

Other contestants were:
• Nathan Church, an Exercise Science major from Sedalia;
• Marshall Johns, a Biblical Studies major from Mountain Grove;
• April Lopp, an English Education major from Reedsburg, Wis.;
• Sam Sievers, a Biblical Studies major from Godfrey, Ill.
• Haley Wech, an Elementary Education major from Nixa; and
• Katelynn Zuercher, a Marketing and Public Relations major from Olathe, Kan.

Each candidate was introduced through a creative video biography and a talent presentation. During intermission, audience members voted by text messaging, and four candidates made it through to the final round.

The final contestants were asked three questions — one from a pre-selected list of questions, one submitted by an audience member through the UCA Twitter account and one “mystery” question.

The pageant was organized by the UAC as part of Bearcat Days, a two-day visit event for students who will begin attending SBU in the fall.


Photo cutline: Landon Evans, left, received the title of Mr. Southwest and Laura Evans was crowned Ms. Southwest during the annual Mr. and Ms. Southwest pageant Friday, April 12, at Southwest Baptist University.

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