14 January 2008
Lauren Moon Crowned Miss JSU 2008
Lauren Moon, newly crowned Miss JSU 2008 poses with this year's runner-up, Mistress of Ceremonies and last year's winner of
the Miss JSU title. Pictured here, from left to right, are Jessica Andrews, Miss JSU 2007; Jamie Langley, Miss Alabama 2007
and Miss JSU 2006, who served as Mistress of Ceremonies for this year's pageant; Lauren Moon, Miss JSU 2008; and Sharonica
Neeley, 1st Runner-up.
Lauren Moon was named
Miss JSU 2008 at the 26th Miss JSU Pageant on Friday,
Jan. 11. Held at the Leone Cole Auditorium, the pageant featured five accomplished
JSU women competing for the crown. The reigning Miss Alabama and
Miss JSU 2006, Jamie
Langley served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. Jamie will be competing for the
America 2008 crown later this month in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 26.
Following an introduction of this year's contestants, the judging centered around
the traditional On-stage Interview competition, Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit competition,
and the Evening Wear competition.
The regular in-depth Private Interviews were
held by the judges with each contestant earlier in the afternoon.
Judges evaluate the contestant's personality and preparation for the
contest through quizzing them on their knowledge of current events and
learning about their individual platform
issues. The Private Interview score makes up 25% of the contestant's final
The Miss JSU program is part of the Miss America
Organization which is the world's largest provider of scholarship
assistance for young women. The pageant is a preliminary one to the state's
Miss Alabama Pageant, June 4-7 in Birmingham, in which
Miss JSU will be a contestant. Miss JSU wins a two-semester tuition scholarship,
and the 1st Runner-up wins a $1,000 scholarship.
This year's scholarship competition showcased the classical vocal talents of two contestants,
Brittany Greene, a junior majoring in Communications and this year's winner, Lauren Moon, of
Calera, AL, whose major is History. Vocals were also presented by Ashley Gray, of Woodstock Georgia,
who is majoring in Secondary Education, and Sharonica Neeley, of Pinson, AL, also majoring in
Secondary Education. A jazz dance was performed by Whitney Watkins, of Piedmont, AL, majoring in
Jessica Andrews, Miss JSU 2007 also performed
The highlight of the evening was the talent portion of the competition which
worth 35 percent of the contestant's total score. Ashley Gray sang
"Look To Your Path" from Les Choristes, while Brittany Greene sang "The
Laughing Song" by Johann Strauss. Whitney Watkins performed a jazz dance to "Fever"
by Ray Charles. Sharonica Neeley
sang "His Eye is on the Sparrow," and Lauren Moon sang "O Mio Babbino Caro" by
Jessica Andrews, Miss JSU 2007, performed her winning
dance number "Feeling Good" while the contestants prepared for the Evening
Wear competition worth 20 percent of the total points.
Jessica took her final walk as Miss JSU 2007
while Cory Tucker, a JSU alumnus who got his performing start on a homemade
stage in the basement of some of his Gamecock baseball teammates,
performed "Birmingham Girl," the song he wrote for Jessica.
The pageant concluded with the crowning
of Miss JSU 2008, Lauren Moon. Lauren's platform is
promoting mental health awareness. Lauren is a member of the Zeta
Tau Alpha sorority, History Club and the Stars Committee for the Alabama
Higher Education Partnership.
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