is the New Miss UNCP
By Gavin Wyse
the winner of the 48th Miss UNC Pembroke Scholarship Pageant is
number 5, Miss Katherine Amelia Greer.
Greer, a 19-year-old
freshman from Fuquay-Varina, N.C., beat out four contestants to become
the new Miss UNCP. She will go on to compete June 22 in the Miss North
Greer received a
$1000 scholarship, a 10-caret class ring courtesy of the UNCP Bookstore,
a free portrait from Kinlaw Studios, a $500 wardrobe allowance toward
the state pageant and, of course, the official crown.
"I was very
surprised and excited to win," Greer said. "I really didn't
expect to win at all."
The pageant consisted
of three parts as well as an interview with the judges prior to the
evening. The interview was worth 30 percent of the overall marks with
15 percent each going for the swimsuit and evening gown competitions.
The remaining 40 percent of the score came from the talent show.
It was the talent
show that Greer felt gave her a chance to win. She sang a Mozart opera.
The originality of the song certainly had some affect on the judges.
"I worked on
it with my voice coach and it just felt right," said Greer explaining
why she chose Mozart.
A special education
major, Greer's platform is that autistic kids should not be separated
from other children in the school system. They should all be accepted.
For the swimsuit
competition she wore a pink one-piece outfit and for the evening gown
competition she wore a long black dress with silver straps.
She replaces Jessica
Reed whose year and a half reign came to an end.
It turned into an
emotional night for Reed who praised and thanked all those who helped
and supported her. She made sure future contestants would not forget
her by leaving behind a $100 scholarship in the Reed family name.
The first ever winner
of the Jessica Reed and Family Service Scholarship award was Brandi
Faye Cutler based on her positive and eager community service work.
The Miss Congeniality
winner was Anna Lucas, a sophomore from Raleigh, and the first runner-up
was Melissa Ann Strickland, who will replace Greer if she is unable
to attend any of her future commitments. Strickland is a sophomore business
administration major from Maxton, N.C.
The Mistress of
Ceremonies for the evening was current Miss N.C. Ashley Nicole House.
There was some other great entertainment on hand.
The opening dance
number set the mood as the UNCP dance team and the contestants dance
in the "jungle," which was the theme for the night. There
was also a performance by David Broomhead, who won the UNCP talent show
and Reed danced to Charlie Daniels' "A Devil Went Down to Georgia."
But the night most
definitely belonged to Greer, the new Miss UNCP.
Gavin Wyse is
a senior journalism major at UNCP.
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