VINCENNES, Ind. - The Miss Vincennes University Scholarship Pageant will celebrate its 52nd anniversary on Nov. 10, 8 p.m. (EST), at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Among the performers will be Miss Indiana Haley Begay, Pittsboro, who will sing “For Good” from the musical “Wicked.”
Indiana’s longest consecutively running pageant, the Miss VU Scholarship Pageant is a preliminary step toward the Miss Indiana title whose winner is then eligible to participate in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant. In addition to the contestants, 40 VU students are involved in this year’s production.
Each of the 11 semi-finalists will participate in five areas of competition: private interview conducted prior to the pageant, on-stage question, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, eveningwear, and talent. In addition, each will present information about her platform - a socially significant issue or cause on which she works to raise public awareness.
Joining the Miss VU contestants on stage will be Miss VU 2017 Ashley Green and 25 Miss VU Princesses, ranging in age from 6 to 11 years. Emcees for the event will be VU students Corbin Barrasas, Hobart, and Holly Bittner, Haubstadt, who is the reigning Miss Gibson County.
Tickets are now on sale at the Skelton Center Box Office and cost $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, non-VU students, and children. The Box Office phone number is 812-888-4039.
VU students with ID are admitted free and a Pack-the-Balcony feature of the pageant will allow those seated in the balcony to vote for their favorite contestant.
The 11 Miss VU contestants and their majors include Abbigail Banks, Springville, Fashion Merchandising; Diana Coffman, Vincennes, Aerospace Engineering; Evelyn Crowley, Vincennes, Pre-Medicine; Haylee Green, Vincennes, Elementary/Special Education; Constance Greer, Indianapolis, Business Management; Samantha Haynes, Crown Point, Psychology; Christina Hicks, Freelandville, Fire Science; Hannah Poynter, Danville, Broadcasting; Anastasia Sharp-Keller, Vincennes, Psychology; Miranda Toler, Frankfort, Personal Training; and Shiana Yarrito, Washington, Diesel Technology.
The 25 Miss VU Princesses include Aaliyah Grace Abel, 8; Isla Sue Agee, 7; Ivy Agee, 9; Izabelle Agee, 10; Hope Ault, 6; Maggie Boger, 8; Avery Mae Candler, 9; Juleanne Clark, 6; Eva Claycomb, 8; Kate Davis, 7; Kaylyn Dreiman, 10; Maycie Dreiman, 9; Mallory Fisher, 6; Ryleigh Goforth, 7; Breea Goff, 6; Cheyenne Hall, 9; Taelyn Brooke Hill, 10; Lanie Jenkins, 8; Maxi Belle Kirkwood, 7; Jaylynn McDaniel, 8; Riley Smith, 8; Brooklynn Trueblood, 7; Ella Wanke, 7; Glory Wofford, 11; and Providence Wofford, 8.