Antion McBee, a junior psychology major from St. Louis, and Lauran Gilstrap, a junior social work major from Blue Springs, were crowned Mr. and Miss Southwest Friday, March 7, at Southwest Baptist University.
(l to r) Noah Burton, Arthur Ryan Harmon, Kyle Hollmann, Mr. Southwest Antion McBee, Miss Southwest Lauran Gilstrap, Trinity Griffin, Sarah Doell, Beth Luckel
“Congratulations to Antion and Lauran on being named Mr. and Miss Southwest! Each is truly deserving of the recognition of the employees of Southwest Baptist University as well as their peers,” said Nathan Penland, director of student activities at SBU.
Faculty selected eight juniors to compete for the titles of Mr. and Miss Southwest, an SBU tradition.
Other contestants were:
• Noah Burton, a social science education major from Noblesville, Ind.;
• Sarah Doell, a biology and integration of science and faith double major from Pacific;
• Trinity Griffin, a social work major from Belleville, Ill.;
• Arthur Ryan Harmon, a Biblical studies and mathematics double major from Potosi;
• Kyle Hollmann, a biology major from Ozark;
• Beth Luckel, an exercise science and intercultural studies double major from Colorado Springs, Colo.
Each candidate was introduced through a creative video biography and a talent presentation. During intermission, audience members voted by text messaging, and four candidates made it through to the final round.
The final contestants then participated in a Q&A session led by the event’s emcees, students Meg Burns and Nik Fischer. A final round of text messaging voting determined the winners.
McBee and Gilstrap will represent SBU as the 2014 Mr. and Miss Southwest.
The pageant was organized by the University Activities Council as part of Bearcat Days, a two-day visit event for admitted prospective students who are considering attending SBU in the fall.
“The Mr. and Miss Southwest pageant has become such a fantastic event at SBU and one that I believe honors the tradition of Mr. and Miss Southwest, which has been in place for more than 50 years,” Penland said.