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Mallory Cox named new Miss Tech

September 13, 2012

 

Laura Vizza, left, passes the title of Miss Louisiana Tech 2012 to Mallory Cox at the crowning ceremony Aug. 2 in University Hall. – Photos by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

Rebecca Alvarez
News Editor

 

Someone new will be representing Tech and all that the university stands for. It isn’t a professor, it isn’t a coach and it isn’t even the star of the football team. Her name is Mallory Cox, and she is the new Miss Louisiana Tech 2012.

 

After finishing as first runner-up for the last two years, Cox, a senior math major, was crowned Miss Louisiana Tech 2012 by Miss Louisiana, Lauren Vizza.

 

The title was handed down to Cox after Vizza, the reigning Miss Tech, was named Miss Louisiana 2012 in June, and although she will take over Vizza’s duties, the two said they are happy to share the opportunity with each other.

 

“Receiving the title from Lauren is a great opportunity,” Cox said. “This is a great service opportunity, and it’s great to share this with her.”

 

Vizza is handing the title down to Cox for the remainder of her reign as she prepares for the Miss America pageant in January with the Miss Louisiana title. Cox was first runner-up in the 2012 Miss Louisiana Tech contest in June.

 

Newly-crowned Miss Louisiana Tech, Mallory Cox, poses for her first official photo with the title.

“I’m excited for her because she’s one of my dear friends,” Vizza said. “She loves the school and everything Tech stands for, and she’ll represent it well.”

 

Cox started competing in pageants after members of her sorority, Sigma Delta, nominated her to compete in the 2011 Miss Louisiana Tech pageant, where she finished as first runner-up.

 

Since then, Cox has won several titles, including Miss Lafayette, with which she competed in Miss Louisiana 2012 in June, and Miss Dixie Gem Peach, which she won shortly before competing in the Miss Louisiana pageant.

 

Now, Cox can add Miss Tech to her list, a title she says she is honored to have and came with perfect timing.

 

“God’s plan is perfect,” she said. “It’s an honor to serve the communities of Ruston and Tech, because I grew up here.”

 

If Vizza would not have won Miss Louisiana, Cox would not have had another opportunity to compete for the title since contestants can only compete twice.

 

“I was shocked because this is the only time I get to be Miss Tech,” Cox said. “I’m excited to see what God has planned for me this year.”

 

As Miss Tech, Cox will perform and speak at the freshman convocation ceremony and make various appearances at football games and certain events around Ruston and Tech.

 

Ashley Taylor, coordinator of student development in the department of residential life, said Cox is perfect for taking on the duties of Miss Tech.

 

“She’s always smiling, she’s extremely talented and encompasses all that is Tech,” she said. “She bleeds red and blue.”

Mallory Cox plays piano at the ceremony in University Hall.

Taylor said she hopes all of the excitement around Cox’s and Vizza’s accomplishments will bring more attention to the Louisiana pageants in order to get women involved in scholarship and further education.

Cox said she also hopes she can represent Tech well and serve her community as best as she can in the remaining months of her new reign.

 

“My time in competition has been very special,” she said. “I hope I can be a good role model for the students and community. God’s timing is perfect.”

 

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