Six women will grace the stage on October 5, 2012 to compete for the title of Miss Reinhardt 2012. Kicking off the University’s Fall Family & Alumni Weekend, the competition begins at 7 p.m. in the Falany Performing Arts Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga.
The six contestants competing for the coveted title of Miss Reinhardt are: Hannah Craton of Dallas, Ga.; Vanness Irie of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Katie Reynolds of Canton, Ga.; Ebony Scott of Virginia Beach, Va.; Jessica Simmons of Flowery Branch, Ga.; and Elizabeth Williams of Lawrenceville, Ga.
Craton is a freshman English education and theatre arts major from Dallas Georgia. She is a staff member of Reinhardt’s student newspaper, The Hiltonian, and received a theatre scholarship to attend the University. For the talent portion of the competition, Craton will sing “For Good” from the Broadway musical Wicked.
A resident of Lawrenceville, Ga., Irie is a sophomore global communications and sociology major. She in the Reinhardt Honors Program, and is a member of the Cross Country team and the Reinhardt Choir. Her club involvement includes the Communications Club and the Social Behavioral Sciences Club, of which she serves as secretary. Irie receives the Reinhardt Dean’s Scholarship, Honors Scholarship and Academic Scholarship. She will perform a monologue titled “Black Diamonds” for talent.
Reynolds, a Canton, Ga. resident, is a junior majoring in business management. She is the vice president of Reinhardt’s Student Activities Council and serves on the Executive Board of the Student Government Association. She is a New Student Orientation Leader and a Reinhardt Cheerleader. Reynolds is a participant of the Northwest Crescent Leadership Alliance and of the University’s annual Convocation of Artists & Scholars. She volunteers for the Students in Free Enterprise club and the Lady Eagles soccer team. For talent Reynolds will be dancing to “Bend and Snap” from the Broadway musical Legally Blonde.
Scott is a sophomore sociology/criminology major from Virginia Beach, Va. She works on campus in the University’s Reinhardt Central. She will dance to “He Wants It All” by Forever Jones for talent.
From Flowery Branch, Ga., Simmons is a sophomore majoring in music education. She is a Reinhardt Resident Assistant, Philanthropy Program Assistant, Mu Phi Epsilon Treasurer, and a Cross Country team member. Simmons receives a Music Scholarship and an Academic Scholarship from Reinhardt. For the talent portion of the competition, Simmons will play the clarinet to “Swinging from Ten Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 37, No. 3” by Louise Moyse.
Williams is a senior from Lawrenceville, Ga., majoring in marketing. She is Captain of the Reinhardt Cheerleading Squad, a member of the Student Activities and Judiciary Councils, and an officer for Students in Free Enterprise. She is a leader for New Student Orientation, a member of the Cross Country team, and a participant in the University’s annual Convocation of Artists & Scholars. Williams will dance to “Let’s Go” by NeYo for talent.
Contestants for Miss Reinhardt will be judged on academic excellence, commitment to community, talent, interview and evening gown categories. To qualify to compete for Miss Reinhardt, contestants must: have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be enrolled as a full-time student, be involved in one recognized student club or organization, and have maintained good academic, judicial, and financial standing at Reinhardt.
This year’s competition is being coordinated by Miss Reinhardt 2011 Caroline Folsom, a junior biology education major from Dallas, Ga., and Letia Wyatt, Reinhardt’s coordinator of student activities.
“The Miss Reinhardt Competition doubles as a chance for the young women of Reinhardt University to have fun and also raise money for a good cause,” said Wyatt. “This year each contestant will raise money before and during the competition for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. This cause was chosen because it’s a disease that many people know little about, and it has become more prevalent over the years, but scientists have still not found a cure. By supporting this foundation, Reinhardt will be aiding in finding the cure for many people suffering from this disease while educating the audience of the Miss Reinhardt competition.”
Upon earning her title, Miss Reinhardt 2012 will have many responsibilities on campus and around the local community. She will speak at meetings and events, work to unify the campus, attend Student Government Association and Student Activities Council sponsored events, and represent Reinhardt University in the community.
For more details about the Miss Reinhardt 2012 competition and/or Fall Family & Alumni Weekend, visit www.reinhardt.edu/familyweekend
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