Whitford crowned Miss Tech 2011

January 13, 2011

by Zach Beaird, STAFF REPORTER

Elizabeth Whitford took the crown at the 54th annual Miss Tech pageant held Jan.11 at the Howard Center for the Performing Arts.

The Union Board event boasted 16 contestants from all areas of the university competing in the Mardi Gras-themed spectacle. 

The contestants tried their best to impress the judges with their interview, onstage question, swimsuit, talent and evening wear in hopes of claiming the title.

Whitford, a junior psychology major, said she was stunned when her name was called as Miss Tech.

“I’m a pageant rookie so I was shocked when I won,” Whitford said. “I had no idea I would win and I’m so proud of myself and all the other girls who competed.”

Jessica Smith, who was one of the five judges for the pageant, said she was pleased with the final decision.

“Whitford was all-around good,” Smith said. “She had a good interview, a great dance for her talent and a gorgeous dress.”

However, Smith said the decision of who would be Miss Tech was not an easy one.

“Deciding the winner was tough,” Smith said. “Each contestant had different strengths, making it hard to choose.”

In the end five finalists were chosen as well as a People’s Choice award, Miss Congeniality and two scholarships from the Association of Women Students.

With Whitford taking the crown, the top five also included first runner-up Mallory Cox, second runner-up Tori Close, third runner-up Megan Lee and fourth runner-up Jessica Hill.

Amy Olita was voted as the winner of the People’s Choice award decided by the audience, and Angela Cassels was chosen by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality.

The AWS scholarships were awarded to two non-finalists based on academics and community service. Meredith Harris was awarded the academic award, and Bailey Terrebone won the community service award.

With so many worthy contestants fighting for the crown, Whitford said a lot of work went in to preparing for the big night.

“It took a solid two months of working out and not eating pizza to get ready for the pageant,” Whitford said. “I’m glad it’s over now so I can pig out.”

She said most of the work went in to preparing for the swimsuit portion of the competition, which she described as the most fun and most difficult part of the night.

Overall, Whitford said she is excited to represent Tech for the next year.

“I’m proud to go to Tech and I want to represent the university as it should be represented,” Whitford said. “I want to give back as much as Tech has given to me.”

She said she is also excited to begin working on her platform of domestic abuse prevention by raising awareness in the college community.

As Miss Tech, Whitford will compete in the Miss Louisiana pageant in Monroe, which will be held June 23 – 25.

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