Beauty pageants are competitions that are traditionally focused on the judging and ranking of physical attributes of contestants.
But the Miss Caprock Scholarship Pageant at South Plains College is more than that. It focuses on personal presentation, poise, and knowledge of current events.
Contestants are selected to represent their club or organization that they participate in.
The 61st Miss Caprock Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the Tom T. Hall and Production Studio in the Creative Arts Building on the Levelland campus. There is no cost for admission, and the public is invited to attend the event.
Serving as mistress of ceremonies will be Sharon Race, associate professor of English and chairperson of the English Department at SPC.
“I look forward to getting to know the contestants,” says Miranda English, the director of student life at SPC. “It’s always exciting to learn more about our students when we work together on events like this one. It really helps foster lasting relationships.”
Musical entertainment will be provided by students from the Creative Arts Department during the pageant.
This year, nine contestants will compete for the title, with the winner receiving a $750 scholarship and a $500 scholarship for the runner-up.
Those competing include:
Allyssa Almager, 19, a sophomore Pre-Veterinary Medicine major from Levelland, who is the daughter of Jose Almager and Cynthia Camacho, both of Levelland. She is representing the STAR Center; Shannell Alvarez, 20, a sophomore Pre-Nursing Major from Lubbock, who is the daughter of Rudy and Toni Alvarez of Lubbock. She is representing Catholic Student Ministries; Autumn Bippert, 20, a sophomore Photojournalism major from Austin, who is the daughter of Kara Perry of Georgetown and Travis Bippert of Austin. She is representing the Press Club and the Plainsman Press; and Julie Chavez, 19, a freshman English major from Lazbuddie, who is the daughter of Julia and Teodoro Chavez of Muleshoe. She is representing the Residence Hall Association.
Also competing are: Rebecca Gililland, 20, a freshman psychology major from Wolfforth, who is the daughter of Marsha and Tony Gililland of Wolfforth. She is representing the Student Government Association; Dominique Gonzales, 20, a sophomore Accounting major from Whiteface, who is the daughter of Alma and Chris Gonzales, both of Whiteface. She is representing Campus Ambassadors; Ashly Letcher, 20, a sophomore Geology major from Artesia, N.M, who is the daughter of Chad and Tabitha Letcher of Artesia, N.M. She is representing Campus Ambassadors; Danisha Lewis, 18, a freshman Sports Broadcasting major from Lubbock, who is the daughter of Clarence Lewis of Lubbock. She is representing the Black Student Union; and Susannah Reeser, 20, a sophomore Pre-Medical major from Guadalajara, Jalisco, who is the daughter of Kimberly and Don Reeser of Guadalajara, Jalisco. She is representing the Biology Club.