Gililland crowned Miss Caprock at annual scholarship pageant

Rebecca Gililland was crowned Miss Caprock during the 61st annual scholarship pageant at South Plains College.

The event was held on Nov. 16 in the Tom T. Hall Recording and Production Studio in the Creative Arts Building on the Levelland campus.

“I am so excited,” said Gililland after being crowned as the winner. “I am so honored to be Miss Caprock. It has honestly been one of my goals since last year.”

The daughter of Marsha and Tony Gililland of Wolfforth represented the Student Government Association. She said that she hopes to use the $750 scholarship toward finishing her mentor program, as well as helping to give back to her parents who have supported her while in school.

“I did not run last year,” Gililland said. “Honestly, I was too shy. It took a lot in me to get up here this year, but I am really glad I did.”

All of the contestants participated in an interview session with the judges earlier in the day. The interview is worth 50 percent of the participant’s overall score.

During the show, after both the ‘After 5 Wear’ and ‘Formal Wear’, which comprised of 25 percent of the scoring, the top five contestants answered onstage questions from the judges, which covered the remaining 25 percent.

Gililland’s answer to the one stage question was that her greatest academic achievement was receiving Psychology Student of The Year Award, because it gave her the confidence she needed to continue to pursue a challenging career path.

“I am so excited,” Gililland said. “I had the goal of doing the pageant since last year. Every girl on that stage deserved it, and I am so honored and thankful that they chose me.”

Susannah Reeser, 20, a sophomore Pre-Medical major from Guadalajara, Jalisco, received a $500 scholarship after finishing as the first-runner up. Reeser represented the Biology Club.

Rounding out the top five contestants for the night were: Autumn Bippert, 20, a sophomore Photojournalism major from Georgetown, who represented the Press Club and the Plainsman Press; Julie Chavez, 19, a freshman English major from Lazbuddie, who represented the Residence Hall Association; and Dominique Gonzales, 20, a sophomore Accounting major from Whiteface, who represented Campus Ambassadors.

The other contestants included: Allyssa Almager, 19, a sophomore Pre-Veterinary Medicine major from Levelland, who represented the STAR Center; Shannell Alvarez, 20, a sophomore Pre-Nursing Major from Lubbock, who represented Catholic Student Ministries; Ashly Letcher, 20, a sophomore Geology major from Artesia, N.M, who represented Campus Ambassadors; and Danisha Lewis, 18, a freshman Sports Broadcasting major from Lubbock, who represented the Black Student Union.

Author: Kaitlyn Hyde

I am a Photojournalism major at SPC from the Houston area. Photo Editor for the Plainsman Press, this is my first semester working on the staff.

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