Baker crowned Belle of the BlueBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Former Belle of the Blue
The 61st Annual Belle of the Blue Scholarship Pageant was held last Saturday, Feb. 19 in the Chapel. The theme this year was “A Night at the Masquerade,” with all the contestants performing their opening dance number, “Dance, Dance,” while holding beautiful masks.
The 15 representatives, ranging from freshmen to juniors, were evaluated on Scholarship, Interview, Talent, Poise and Appearance and Communication Skills. After the opening dance number, each contestant was given her moment in the spotlight as she showcased a talent of her choosing. As is typical with pageants, many girls sang or danced, but a few added their own unique flair to their performance. Junior Madison Nation performed a Latin dance routine with a life-sized dummy attached to her feet, sophomore Taylor Henderson showed the crowd how to juggle soccer balls and freshman Maddy Fritz performed her original Harry Potter monologue, featuring a life-sized Hedwig the owl.
After the candidates performed their talents, they showcased their beauty and grace in evening gowns. Following the Poise and Appearance portion of the pageant the 2010 Belle of the Blue, junior Victoria Engelhardt, took the stage to perform her talent from the previous year.
After a brief intermission, each of the contestants was escorted to the front of the stage for the Final Parade of Contestants, where each escort presented his candidate with a rose. After the escorts left the stage, Thomas Owens and Emily Faulkner, Co-Vice Presidents of Traditions for the Georgetown Activities Council, announced the Top 5. Jaime Horne, Hannah Maloy, Anna Fiechter, Meredith Cave and Mira Baker then competed in the Communication Skills category, with each answering what one thing they would change about Georgetown College and why.
While the final scores were being tallied, Engelhardt took her farewell walk and then Owens performed a spur-of-the-moment step routine before asking the audience and the contestants random questions. Then the results were announced. The winner of the Miss Congeniality Award, which was given to the candidate who exhibited high spirits and an overall positive attitude, was Taylor Henderson. The winner of the Overall Scholarship Award, which was a $250 scholarship based on GPA and an essay, was Fiechter, who was also the Second Runner-up. Horne was named First Runner-up and was awarded a $750 scholarship. The 2011 Belle of the Blue, and the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship, was Baker.
MEET THE CONTESTANTS
Mira Baker, Pierce Hall
Talent: Sang “Blue Skies”
Mary Bishop, Anderson Hall
Talent: Sang “If I Ain’t Got You”
Meredith Cave, Phi Mu
Talent: Sang “Don’t Rain on my Parade”
Dawn Monique Dailey, Knight Hall
Talent: Sang “Motherland”
Anna Fiechter, Sigma Kappa
Talent: Danced to “Hometown Glory”
Madeline Fritz, Alpha Gamma Delta
Talent: Performed original monologue
Taylor Henderson, Allen Hall
Talent: Juggled soccer balls
Jaime Horne, Kappa Delta
Talent: Danced to “Sway”
Lauren Kohake, Phi Kappa Tau
Talent: Played “Veloce” on flute
Elizabeth Quenn Levay, Flowers Hall
Talent: Sang “O Mio Babbino Caro”
Hannah Maloy, President’s House Association
Talent: Sang “Darling I Do”
Madison Nation, East Campus
Talent: Dance to “I Like to Move It”
Taylor Nicole Scott, Pi Kappa Alpha
Talent: Played guitar and sang “Like You Do”
Maura Shirley, Kappa Alpha
Talent: Sang “Landslide”
Molly Shoulta, Lambda Chi Alpha
Talent: Played piano and sang “Imagine”