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University Village pageant hits high notes with students

By Jhanae O'Guinn
On October 10, 2013

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 Xavier Woods and Ashley Jackson were chosen as Mr. and Miss. University Village respectively, when it held its annual scholarship pageant on Sept. 26, titled Sister Act 2: Class Back in Session.
The pageant had the audience involved and it never had a dull moment. The show seemed to run smoothly without a hitch
The pageant started with a video made by the pageant contestants and University Village staff modeled after the iconic 90s movie Sister Act.
The pageant lasted two hours and included many of the University Village community assistants acting out notable scenes in the movie Sister Act: 2 in a video shown before the pageant began.
The hosts of the show were UV community assistants Khannay Turner and Jeffery Burns Jr.
The pageant consisted of an opening number performed by the contestants and then was followed by a campus wear segment, talent portion, a formal wear segment, and finally a questionnaire.
The opening number was very energetic the contestants seemed very excited for the start of the pageant. All the contestant had been rehearsing for over two months and putting in countless hours to ensure that it would be nothing less than the best for their audience.
The theme for the campus wear segment was a blast from the past or 90s cool. It was filled with loud colors, bold patterns, and crazy hairstyles.
Contestant Ariel Thomas took first place in this category, sporting undone overalls with timberlands paired with her own personal mascot as a prop.
Talent was where the contestants could show who they really were. There was both spoken word and singing for the talent portion.
Ka'Vonda Woodrow was given first place honors in the talent portion singing a rendition of Home off the award winning Wizard of Oz. She even wore red slippers just like Dorothy and clicked them to go home, providing a nostalgic moment for the audience.
Formal wear was flooded with beautiful gowns and suave suits on young women and men.
All the contestants were asked to draw from envelopes for questions that they were to answer, question topics varied from reality television, to social media, to the African American community.
Freshman criminal justice major Kelly Benson was amazed by the diversity among the contestants possessed and the way each contestant had brought confidence and personality to the stage.
"This pageant blew me away. It ran smoothly and was well organized. If you wasn't here, you really missed out on a great show," Benson said.

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