Once again, it’s the time of year for the bright and beautiful women of Texas A&M University-Kingsville to apply for the Miss TAMUK pageant. 10 to 16 contestants will compete in a contest that does not consider beauty alone, but also academic prowess.
The pageant consists of casual and evening wear as part of the beauty portion, as well as a “special topic” question paired with an interview phase to test the contestant’s minds. Once the scores are tallied up, the top three to five contestants compete in a final question that will make or break their chances in the pageant.
The top three contestants will receive a scholarship, with Miss TAMUK gaining a value of $2,000, first runner-up receiving $1,200, and second runner-up receiving $750. This year’s pageant will have a “Ships and Sailors” nautical theme.
Unlike other pageants, Miss TAMUK focuses on the “you” factor. It is more than just headshots, makeup, and prizes. It is being a part of the campus community.
Co-directing the pageant are Jesus Villegas and Matthew Soles. Villegas has the most experience with the pageant, which he has helped with for two years, while Soles has helped for one year. Villegas enjoys helping and directing the pageant because of the growth he sees in each contestant. He sees their stage presence, communication skills, and personalities change from day one of practice to the day of the pageant. With an amazing team backing them up, Villegas and Soles hope the pageant will go swimmingly.
One contestant, communications major Tessie Ledesma, is interested in Miss TAMUK because she feels that, “It will be a great experience along with … represent[ing] the school well and giving back to the school and community.”
The pageant is divided into two days. Contestants will have their personal interview on Friday, April 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., and the pageant will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Jones Auditorium.