MARSHALL, Texas (4/7/14) – East Texas Baptist University held its 58th Miss ETBU Pageant crowning sophomore nursing major Sarah Alvis of Fort Worth, as Miss ETBU 2014. Miss Alvis competed against nine other contestants in the pageant held Saturday evening, April 5, 2014, in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.
Miss Alvis, representing University Apartments, is the daughter of John and Cherie Alvis. While attending ETBU, Sarah has been involved in the University Scholars Program, and served as a Resident Assistant for University Apartments. She has made the Dean’s List with Honors for 3 semesters while at ETBU. She says her ministry is serving her residents in her position as Resident Assistant. She attends Crossroads Community Church in Longview. After graduation Sarah plans to work as a nurse, obtain her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and serve wherever the Lord leads her. Sarah enjoys reading, baking, dancing, traveling, nursing, hiking, and learning about other cultures.
When Miss Alvis heard her name called by Mistress of Ceremonies Dr. Emily Prevost, ETBU Director of Leadership Development, as the new Miss ETBU, she was surprised.
“It was the last thing that I would have ever thought,” said the new Miss ETBU. “When I even entered this pageant, this was not; I did not ever expect to win. I expected to have a great time with the girls. Winning was the last thing on my radar.”
Last year’s Miss ETBU, Macy Freeman, along with ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver and Student Government Association President Kinsey Kent crowned Miss Alvis before a large enthusiastic crowd.
“All the girls are wonderful. There are some of my best friends and I have gotten even closer to them. They just really challenged me to be stronger in the Lord and just know my beauty comes from Him,” Miss Alvis said about the experience of being in the pageant.
Jermaca Brown, a junior kinesiology major from Fairfield, was selected first runner up. Miss Brown, representing Baptist Student Ministry, is the daughter of Greg and Sonya Gibson.
Selected second runner up was sophomore business major Paige Redmon of Bonham. Miss Redmon representing the ETBU Spirit Program is the daughter of Gary and Kelli Redmon. Miss Redmon also received the Best Talent Award.
The Miss Congeniality Award went to junior nursing major Natalie Pippin of Marshall. Miss Pippin, representing Texas Nursing Student’s Association, is the daughter of Randy and Sally Pippin.
The remaining Miss ETBU contestants and the campus organizations they represented included: sophomore Hannah Parks of Burleson, representing Student Foundation; sophomore Natalie Davis of Houston, representing Linebery Hall; junior Audrey Winders of Kingwood, representing the American Marketing Association; sophomore Sally Perkins of League City, representing Alpha Psi Omega; junior Jenny Utterback of Rowlett, representing the Athletic Training Education Program; and junior Lynlea Hansen of Houston, representing Ornelas Hall.
The contestants were judged on personal interview (25%), evening wear (25%), talent (25%), question and answer (15%) and faculty/staff vote (10%).
The Miss ETBU Pageant is sponsored by the Student Government Association and is designed to select the young lady who is most representative of ETBU. The candidates are nominated by campus organizations.