February 21, 2005
Contact: Joy Washington, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211
12 Young Women Compete for the Miss USA Title
The contestants for the Miss University of South Alabama Scholarship Program will compete for more than $4,000 in scholarship money.
"USA Pride" is the theme for this year's event, which will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at the USA Mitchell Center. Admission is $3 for students and general admission is $5. The program will cost $5.
"This money will help the scholarship winners pay for their educational expenses at USA, "said Dr. J. David Stearns, associate vice president for enrollment services. "This program provides an opportunity for these women to showcase their talent, evening gown, swimsuit and interview skills."
The Miss USA Pageant is a preliminary scholarship program, which leads to the 2005 Miss Alabama and Miss America Pageants. Previous winners have received additional awards. Myra Barginear, 1996 USA winner, received second runner up in the 1997 Miss America Pageant.
Miss USA Contestants are:
Secondary education/math freshman Mischa Kay Antoine of Mobile, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Antoine will perform a dance.
E-commerce sophomore Lori Jeanne Eckhardt of Mobile, daughter of John and Priscilla Eckhardt, will perform a vocal and piano selection.
Mathematics and statistics junior Morgan Alise Ellis of Mobile, daughter of Wayne and Deborrah Sessions and Charles Ellis, will perform a vocal selection.
Pre-medical freshman Brittney Nicole Bullock of Mobile, daughter of Billy and Denise Bullock, will perform a dance.
Business administration sophomore Shiela B. Hajjar of Gulfport, Miss., daughter of Joy Hajjar, will perform a jazz dance.
Public relations senior Rebecca Lee Hornsby of Headland, Ala., daughter of Timothy H. and Virginia S. Hornsby, will perform a comical monologue.
Biochemistry junior Grace Destin Landers of Leighton, Ala., daughter of Drs. Macon and Karen Landers, will perform a jazz dance.
Sophomore Anna Murphy of Pelham, Ala., daughter of Mr. Francis and Mrs. Nancy Murphy, will perform a vocal selection.
Nursing freshman Whitney Johnson of Mobile, daughter of Bonnie Hoover, will perform a dance.
Pre-medicine and art history senior Erica Elaine Syklawer of Dothan, Ala., daughter of Rick and Evelyn Syklawer, will perform a piano solo.
Biomedical sciences freshman Holly Samantha Peek of Niceville, Fla., daughter of Samuel M. and Laurel Paige Peek, will perform a marimba solo.
Drama sophomore Camille Perillo of Cantonment, Fla., daughter of Louis and Evelyn Perillo, will perform a vocal selection.