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Miss Manly Mason Beauty Pageant raises money for local middle school


The Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Fraternity hosted its annual Miss Manly Mason Beauty Pageant Friday night at Mason Hall.

According to Sigma Alpha Iota member Haleigh Tibbs, the fraternity began hosting the pageant beginning in the early 2000s.

This year it donated the money that was raised to the band program at Litchfield Middle School in Gadsden. “Litchfield’s band has been using their marching equipment for concerts,” Tibbs explained.

Baked goods were also sold as a fundraiser for Litchfield. Between the pageant and the bake sale, SAI was able to raise $308.43for the middle school.

There were a number of contestants that boasted their talents; Contestants sparkled in their evening-wear as they sang, danced, and played instruments.

The contestants who received special recognition were Consuela, Rachel Raptoria, and Kitty Pantheress. Raptoria was dubbed “Best Rack”, Consuela was awarded “Best Legs”, and “Best Talent” went to Pantheress.

Second runner up was Melanie Parks, or Little Red Riding Hood. First runner up went to Ameris, who impersonated Marilyn Monroe for his talent.

The coveted title of Miss Manly Mason went to ‘Sasha,’ who dunned a flattering Spiderman get-up and danced and juggled to Laffy Taffy as his talent.

Prior to the competition, pageant contenders were asked a series of questions. One of the questions asked to the contestants involved the type of ice cream flavor they thought they would be and why. Pantheress definitely entertained the crowd with her response: “Chunky Monkey because chunky always means there’s more to love.”

When asked, “If you could be beautiful and not-so-smart, or brilliant and not-no-beautiful, what would you be and why?”, contestant Clark Bell replied, “With a body like this, who needs either?”

Sigma Alpha Iota is an international non-profit music fraternity for women, and was founded in 1903. The Theta Beta chapter has been on JSU’s campus since 1993. For more information about the music fraternity, visit

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