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Release date: October 31, 2003
Eighteen co-eds jazzing it up for Miss Wayland

PLAINVIEW - Eighteen young ladies from Wayland Baptist University will be jazzing it up on Nov. 7-8, competing in the Miss Wayland scholarship pageant.

              Themed "All that Jazz," the pageant officially begins Friday, Nov. 7 with the talent competition at 7:30 p.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium. Dr. Gary Belshaw, assistant professor of piano pedagogy for Wayland, will serve as emcee, and Miss Wayland 2003 Labrina Lang will perform during the event. Admission to the talent competition is $2 per person, and the event is open to the public.

              The pageant continues Saturday, Nov. 8 with the opening number and evening gown competition, featuring all 18 contestants. Lang will perform again and the judges will then announce the top five. After those five have performed their talent presentations, the judges will narrow the field to three and then announce the winner and runners-up. Admission to the final pageant will be $3 per person. The public is welcome.

              The winner of the pageant receives a scholarship and a package of prizes from local businesses.

              Contestants for the 2004 Miss Wayland pageant are, in alphabetical order:

              Ashley Applewhite, a senior from Olney, will represent the Office of Alumni Services. A music education major, Ashley hopes to start her own company advocating fine arts in education. The daughter of Marc and Glenna Applewhite, she is involved in CMENC, Te Deum, WBU Pioneer Band, flag corps and is president of the Texas Music Educators Association Collegiate Division.

              Amber Barrera, a junior from Crowell, is representing Students in Free Enterprise. A business major, Amber is the daughter of Delma and Ernest Barrera. She is involved in SIFE, Student Foundation and Senate.

              Jennifer Brigman, a junior from Eula, is representing the Pioneer Track and Field Team. The daughter of Roy and Margie Brigman, Jennifer is a business administration and physical education major would hopes to one day own a gym. She is involved in Senate and Alpha Delta Kappa and is an All American track athlete.

              Korby Calley, a senior from Snyder, is representing Senate. The daughter of Ronda Heppel and Myron Calley, Korby is a psychology major who hopes to become a counselor. She has been involved in BSM, Senate, Koinonia leadership and theatre productions and is a certified EMT.

              Sarah Gatlin, a junior from Amarillo, is representing Rejoice. A music major, Sarah hopes to serve God in music ministry. She is involved in the Baptist Student Ministries Leadership Team, International Choir and Rejoice. She is the daughter of Sue and Carrol Gatlin.

              Nicole Green, a second-year freshman from Tahoka, is representing Owen Hall. The daughter of Jackie and Rickey Green, Nicole is involved in Student Foundation and was voted freshman class favorite last year.

              Penny Greer, a senior from Pampa, is representing Alpha Delta Kappa. The daughter of James and Dana Greer, she is a religion major and hopes to become a missionary. She is involved in the BSM Leadership Team, Alpha Delta Kappa, International Choir and yearbook.

              Leslie Hayes, a sophomore from Plainview, will represent the WBU Jazz Band. A music education major, Leslie hopes to become a teacher in Spanish-speaking countries. The daughter of Florinda Hayes and Edward Hayes, she is involved in Pioneer Band and is a band officer.

              Kaci Holcomb, a junior from Roswell, will represent Student Union Board. A secondary education/social studies composite major, Kaci hopes to become a teacher and missionary. She is the daughter of Kay and Robert Holcomb and is involved in SUB, BSM, and intramurals.

              Joann Holloway, a second-year freshman from Lubbock, is representing the WBU Pioneer Band. A business administration major, Joann hopes to become a CEO or Chief Financial Officer of a corporation. She is the daughter of Robert and Jeanie Holloway and is involved in the Pioneer Marching Band flag corps, Flute Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Student Alumni Council and Zeta Zeta Zeta.

              Lindsey Howard, a sophomore from Rotan, will represent the American Medical Student Association. A pre-med major, Lindsey hopes to become a medical missionary. The daughter of Debra and Larry Howard, she is involved in Ministerial Fellowship and AMSA and is a youth minister in Claytonville.

              Eleah Posey, a sophomore from Brownfield, will represent the Association of Former Students. Eleah hopes to earn a degree in speech pathology and work with speech impaired and deaf children. She is the daughter of Roger and Sheryl Posey and is involved in International Choir, Student Alumni Council and Wagonmasters.

              Anna Romersberger, a sophomore from Fairbanks, Alaska, will represent International Choir. A music education major, Anna hopes to be involved in music ministry to children. She is the daughter of Kitty and Jim Romersberger and is involved in International Choir, Wayland Singing Women and Spirit.

              Laci Rousseau, a sophomore from Tulia, is representing Kappa Upsilon Chi. An elementary education major, Laci hopes to become a teacher. The daughter of Dera and Paul Rousseau, she is involved in cheerleading, Student Union Board, BSM Apartment Ministry, intramurals, Wagonmasters and Rec Team and is sophomore class secretary.

              Naomi Shepard, a sophomore from Wiggins, Colo., is representing Student Alumni Council. A psychology major, Naomi hopes to become a marriage and family counselor and writer. The daughter of Peggy and Dean Shepard, she is involved in Student Alumni Council.

              Ragan Spradling, a junior from Amarillo, is representing Student Foundation. The daughter of John and Kel Spradling, Ragan is a business major who hopes to attend law school. She is involved in JV basketball, Students in Free Enterprise, Student Union Board, Student Foundation and junior class vice president.

              Marta Turpin, a junior from Carrizo Springs, will represent Ferguson Hall women's dormitory. A music major, Marta hopes to become a performing artist in the future. She is involved in the BSM Leadership Team and in Te Deum and has been in theatre productions on campus. She is the daughter of David and Cindy Turpin.

              Amber Wiley, a sophomore from Lubbock, will represent Spirit. The daughter of Rose and Buford Wiley, Amber is a vocal music and pre-med major who hopes to become a forensic pathologist and gospel recording artist. She is involved in International Choir, Spirit and Zeta Zeta Zeta.