Every year the Miss Greek Week pageant features one representative from each of the 17 Panhellenic sororities - added this year was a representative for the National Pan-Hellenic Council, NPHC. The women are chosen by their chapters to perform in a series of on and off stage events.
Mary Fran Morris from Alpha Delta Pi and Heather Duncan from Alpha Chi Omega shared their experiences of participating in Miss Greek Week.
Part of the girls’ scores come from pre-pageant activities. An off-stage interview comprises 15 percent, attendance at Greek Week Games makes up another five percent, and campus involvement is the last five percent. Twenty five percent of the girls’ scores are determined before they even get on the stage.
The Pageant begins with an opening number, this year it was to “You Don’t Know You're Beautiful” by One Direction. The girls do a dance and introduce themselves.
“I had a blast learning the opening number. It was cute and all the girls had a great time learning it together,” said Morris.
After the opening number the girls show off their best game day attire, which makes up 30 percent of their score. They get a chance to show the newest trends and what a typical game day outfit looks like here in Auburn.
“I chose a simple orange dress paired with a blue necklace and brown boots. Most girls wear dresses to the games so I wanted to show what a real game day looked like,” Duncan explained.
The final component of the Pageant is evening wear and the on-stage question. Each girl comes out in a formal gown and has to pick a question at random from a bowl. She then has to answer the question accordingly. Evening wear makes up 30 percent and the on-stage question is 15 percent.
Morris chose to wear a blue sequined evening gown that looked stunning under the stage lights. For her on-stage question, she had to answer what sorority’s philanthropy she would donate one million dollars to. She chose Zeta Tau Alpha’s Breast Cancer Awareness because so many woman are affected by it and anything we can do to help should be done.
“I just think that any sort of research or money going towards cancer can help, so I focused on Zeta’s Breast Cancer Awareness,” Morris said.
Duncan took the stage in an elegant white gown and answered a question about what the Greek community can do to continue to help the Auburn community as a whole, not just a University.
At the end of the Pageant, the girls all came back on stage and the awards were presented. Miss Congeniality, which goes to the girl who was outgoing and uplifting throughout the entire process, went to Heather Duncan of Alpha Chi Omega.
“I was really excited to win the award, but I was more humbled by the fact that the girls chose me to get it. I loved getting to know every one of them and it really just meant a lot to me knowing that I could be there for them and encourage them through this experience,” Duncan said.
The 3rd runner-up for the Pageant was Sydney Waid, representing Kappa Delta, 2nd runner-up was Jamecia Crenshaw, representing Alpha Kappa Alpha in NPHC, 1st runner-up was Caitlin Carroll, representing Alpha Omicron Pi, and the winner of Miss Greek Week 2012 was Ashley Willis, representing Alpha Gamma Delta.
All benefits from the Miss Greek Week Pageant went to the Boys and Girls Club of Lee County.