Crowning the next chapter of Miss TAMUK

Crowning the next chapter of Miss TAMUK

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Miss TAMUK contestants shown above (L to R, Top): Ruby Navarro, Kaylyn Villareal, Dora Gonzalez, Arianna Arevalo (Lto R, Bottom): Amanda Cavasos, Mariana Rangel, Miss TAMUK 2011 Nicole Villareal, Dominiina Taufa’asau- Vincent, Sarah Chapa

Beauty is what we see on the outside, but compassion is notorious. Claiming the title of Miss TAMUK is not about looking only at their beauty, but finding a young woman who has great compassion.
The Miss TAMUK Pageant began in 1990 with a young woman named Grace Chapa. Chapa became the first to be honored with the title of Miss TAMUK.
Over the next twenty years, the university has compiled a wall of photographs of those who have proved to become strong role models for students of the university.
Each of the pictures are lined up in two rows of ten that reflect the timeline of style and quality throughout the years they have won. From big hair and large dresses with puffy sleeves to hair and gowns that are simple yet elegant, the photographs clearly mark the different eras of fashion sense that has evolved.
These young women come from different times and places, but the smile and postures they reflect declare they all had the same feeling of pride as they wore their crowns in those few moments during the flash of the camera.
Nicole Villarreal holds the title of Miss TAMUK 2011 until she passes over the honor to the next young woman who will begin a new row on the wall of winners.
JoElda Castillo-Alaniz, Interim Director of Student Activities, waits each year to plan the event and bring in another round of young woman who wish to be honored with the crown and title next. Beginning the preparations in November of 2011, the committee has come together to create another successful pageant for the year of 2012. The committee consists of several volunteers, including Villarreal, as well as Alaniz, who has taken charge as head of the committee.
“I oversee the management of the pageant and make sure everyone is doing their jobs,” said Alaniz. “I’m dedicated to all aspects of the committee and I am there to make sure to keep everything in order.”
Each year, as the girl takes the stage, a theme is represented through the decorations and the program’s overall look of the girls’ performances. Miss TAMUK is like any other beauty pageant. Judges find a young woman who is talented, intelligent, and stands proudly as she represents a beauty she reflects through confidence.
Our university doesn’t require a bathing suit segment since this is a scholarship pageant and never has. This opportunity is for young women to have a chance to receive funds for their education as well as represent their school positively.
“A reason girls who attend the university should consider participating in the pageant is because it is a great scholarship opportunity for them and to become ambassadors of the university,” said Alaniz.
The Miss TAMUK pageant brings everyone together as they find a new leader to represent AMK. Alaniz reflects over the past few years as she declares a year that was one her most successful and favorite.
“I can’t remember what year it was, but the theme was ‘Passage to India’. We had several students from India incorporate the theme and be a part of the committee,” said Alaniz. “With their help and the plans all coming together, we learned about the culture. The students had a wonderful experience sharing the opportunity with the committee and being a part of the pageant.”
On April 14 at 7p.m., the stage in Jones Auditorium will be decorated to the theme of ‘Hollywood Dream’ and eight girls will walk onto the stage in hopes of becoming the next leader to represent AMK.
Every year, tears of joy and warm embraces combine on the stage as the winner is crowned. The crowds cheering and screaming fill the auditorium for those they love.
The Miss TAMUK Pageant has always been a special tradition that the university is proud to have.
Those moments where each of the young women is crowned are the most emotional and proudest experiences of their lives.
They become their greatest memories, just as Nicole Villarreal felt when 2010 winner Terri Lynn Johnston handed over the title. pageant today as well as working on campus.