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Contestants display poise, passion during pageant


By Courtney Overton, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Winners (top left) Bricey Bradshaw, second runner-up; Merrilee LaVilla, Miss Shorter University, and Benji Kloda, first runner-up, pose post-crowning.
Judges scored the contestants in several preliminary competitions. Prizes are awarded in physical fitness and talent. This year, LaVilla won the talent competition and Klouda won the physical fitness competition.
LaVilla will represent Shorter in the Miss Georgia pageant this summer. She recieved a $2,000 scholarship along with her crown and sash. LaVilla will continue to promote her platform of Human Trafficing Awareness and prevention.
Other competitors were Mary Blanks, Claire Crain, Sarah Curlee, Amanda DeJiacomo, Ashley Henderson, Mary Ellen Kiker, Kassie Oldham, Lauren Persichetti, Lauren Shields, Rachel Skinner and Tabitha Smith.
The Office of Student Life presents the pageant each year. Emily Messer, pageant directer and now the VP of Enrollment Magagement, directed her last Miss Shoter this year. Kristie Osborne, admissions representative, joined as asssisstant directer. Whitney Moseley, Assisstant Directer of Student Life, filled the role of back stage manager.