Every spring semester here at Auburn kicks off with Student Government Association Elections for SGA cabinet as well as the position of Miss Auburn. During this time, students are working hard campaigning in efforts to get attention for their chosen platform.
February 14th-18th marked the 2010 campaigns with the Major Candidate Debate taking place on February 15th giving the candidates the opportunity to share their platform with the student body.
Miss Auburn serves as the official hostess for Auburn University. An Auburn tradition since 1935, every organization on campus elects a representative for the position. An interview process occurs where the top 20 candidates are chosen. These women proceed to a second round of interviews and the top five representatives have the privilege of campaigning for the honorable position of Miss Auburn.
Kristi MeGahee, a junior majoring in Psychology, was elected as Miss Auburn 2010. “I’m really excited about it and honored to have this opportunity,” Kristi says. During her time at Auburn, Kristi has participated in many campus organizations including SGA, Camp War Eagle, Dance Marathon, High School Leadership Conference and is also a member of a social sorority.
Since her freshman year, Kristi has been interested in becoming Miss Auburn. “I was so excited to be nominated and I still can’t believe I made top five much less being selected as Miss Auburn,” says Kristi. “I am humbled that the student body sees me as someone to represent them.”
Throughout her campaign and now as Miss Auburn, Kristi wants to bring awareness to her platform, P.A.W.S or Plainsmen in Action for Wounded Soldiers. A cause that she is extremely passionate about, P.A.W.S is a program she created to support the Lakeshore Foundation’s Lima Foxtrot Program for severely injured soldiers.
The Lakeshore Foundation is a non-profit rehabilitation center for wounded soldiers offering camps designed to help them transition back into an active lifestyle with a physical handicap.
“The transition home from serving overseas is one that can be especially hard for injured servicemen and women and the Lakeshore Foundation helps make this transition easier by providing them the tools needed to keep their independence,” says Kristi.
Kristi visited the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama during her Christmas break to learn more about their program. “I just wanted to talk to them about how I could help and what they would want from me if I were to be chosen as Miss Auburn,” says Kristi.
As Miss Auburn, Kristi will work to create fundraisers and events to get the Auburn students involved and raise awareness for this organization. Plans for a possible paintball tournament are being worked out and all proceeds will be donated to the Lima Foxtrot Program.