Jessica Dickson Crowned Miss Huntingdon
Photo L-R: Miss Congeniality and Second Runner-up Tiffany Dean, Miss Huntingdon Jessica Dickson, and First Runner-up Mary Ryan Nielsen
Montgomery, Ala.—The 2011–2012 Miss Huntingdon was crowned Saturday evening, March 5, in Ligon Chapel at the conclusion of the annual Huntingdon College pageant. Jessica Dickson, a junior cell biology major from McCalla, Alabama, who performed a lyrical dance for the talent portion of the competition, took home the title. First Runner-up honors went to Mary Ryan Nielsen, a sophomore communication studies major from Evergreen, Alabama, who performed a classical piano piece. Second Runner-up and Miss Congeniality titles were awarded to Tiffany Dean, a junior biochemistry major from Dothan, Alabama.
Miss Dickson is the daughter of Jerry and Connie Dickson of McCalla, Alabama. She is the current president of Alpha Omicron Pi women's fraternity and has served as junior class president, an orientation leader, and a member of Freshman Forum and Habitat for Humanity. Her platform is "Adopt-a-grandparent," saying that serving generations that have gone before us is a passion. She hopes to arrange opportunities for Huntingdon students to visit nursing homes and facilities that care for the elderly.
A former Conecuh County Junior Miss, Miss Nielsen is the daughter of John and Kelly Nielsen of Evergreen, Alabama. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity.
Miss Dean is the daughter of John Paul and Lisa Dean of Dothan, Alabama. She is a member of the Huntingdon Scarlet & Grey Marching Band majorette team; serves as secretary and parliamentarian for Tau Beta Sigma service sorority; is a member of the Campus Ministries drama team; serves as a resident assistant, an orientation leader, and as a member of the Campus Activities Board; and is the vice president of Phi Mu fraternity. In earlier roles, she served as a Student Government Association senator for the sciences and co-president of the Huntingdon Student Affiliate Chapter of the American Chemical Society.
Contestants each participated in pre-pageant interviews with judges, worth 30 percent of the final score. Pageant categories included the opening number (15%); sportswear (10%); talent (25%); and poise (20%).
The pageant was coordinated by Allison Vuyovich '12 (Religion; Andalusia, Ala.). Throughout the evening, entertainment was provided by Miss Huntingdon 2010–11 Mary Gasson '13 (Music; Clanton, Ala.); Patrick Cross '14 (Undeclared; Montgomery, Ala.); Colby Leonard '12 (Religion; Coker, Ala.); and Rhett Butler '13 (Religion; Eclectic, Ala.). The six other contestants were:
Caitlyn DeMouy, a junior mathematics major, captain of the women's soccer team, and treasurer for Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity; the daughter of Marty DeMouy and Angie DeMouy of Mobile, Alabama;
Stephanie Maguire, a junior human performance-exercise science major and member of Phi Mu fraternity living in Montgomery; the daughter of Mike and Stephanie Maguire of Phoenix City, Alabama;
Brianna McClure, a sophomore sport studies major and member of the cross country team and Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity; the daughter of Bobby and Bonnie McClure of Montgomery;
Kassandra (Sandra) Pattison, a freshman biology major serving as a member of the Junior Panhellenic Council and as photography editor for the College yearbook; the daughter of Mike and Terry Pattison of Shalimar, Florida;
Shelby Robinson, a freshman mathematics/pre-engineering major who serves as webmaster for Chi Omega fraternity; the daughter of Rodney Robinson and Pam Patience of Spanish Fort, Alabama; and
Bailey Scott, a freshman biology major and member of the Panhellenic Council; the daughter of James and Shannon Scott of Newnan, Georgia.
Scholarship awards for the winners were $75 for second runner-up; $250 for first runner-up; and $500 for Miss Huntingdon.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. For more information, contact the Huntingdon College Office of Communications at (334) 833-4515.