Southwest Baptist University continues the tradition of honoring one male and one female student each year at the annual Mr. and Miss Southwest Pageant, which takes place this year at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 13 in Pike Auditorium on the SBU campus.
For the pageant, eight candidates are nominated by SBU faculty and staff and voted upon by the student body for the purpose of selecting a pair of standout students to represent the Bearcat family for the next year. The voting will take place by text message during the pageant, which will include opportunities to learn more about the candidates through everything from introductory videos to talent presentations and question-and-answer sessions.
This year’s candidates for Mr. and Miss Southwest are O’Leesa Booker of Independence, Mo.; Kailyn Dearing of Bentonville, Ark.; Forrest Drury of Park Rapids, Minn.; Morgan Lucy of Glenwood, Iowa; Grant Teckmeyer of Lincoln, Neb.; Nicki Turano of Saint Louis, Mo.; Manny Ofori-Yeboah of Bolivar, Mo.; and Richard Young of O’Fallon, Mo.
The beginnings of the “Miss Southwest” pageant date back to the 1930s, with “Mr. Southwest” being added in 1963. The pageant is one of the keynote happenings of Bearcat Days, the two-day visit event in which admitted students considering SBU attendance will be hosted on campus March 13-14.
Admission to the pageant is free and open to the public. For more information about Mr. and Ms. Southwest, please contact student activities director Nathan Penland, who may be reached at (417) 328-1828 or email@example.com.