University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
January 19, 2010
Contact: Joy Crawford-Washington, Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

Miss USA Scholarship Competition Scheduled for Jan. 30


Contestants for the 2010 Miss University of South Alabama Scholarship Program will compete for more than $4,000 in scholarship money on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. “So You Think You Can Dance,” is the theme for this year’s event.

"The scholarship program will afford the winner and runner-ups with an opportunity to earn money to help pay for their educational expenses while attending USA,” said Dr. J. David Stearns, associate vice president for enrollment services at the University.

Admission is $3 for students, and general admission is $5. The souvenir program booklet is $5. Seating is limited. This Miss USA Scholarship Program is a preliminary to the 2010 Miss Alabama and Miss America pageants.

For more information, contact the USA Office of Enrollment Services at 460-6494.

Miss University of South Alabama 2010 contestants are:
  • Organizational communication senior Hillary Bosarge, age 22 of Ocean Springs, Miss., daughter of Randy and Beth Bosarge, will perform a vocal selection. Her platform is "The Young Men Christian Association's Activate America."

  • Biology sophomore Jessica Byrd, age 19 of Hurley, Miss., daughter of Paul and Tracy Byrd, will perform a monologue. Her platform is "Outreach International, World Hunger."

  • Psychology senior Chancee Christian, age 22 of Pensacola, Fla., daughter of Mable Christian, will perform a dance. Her platform is "Feeding the Children of the World."

  • Nursing freshman Ashley Griffin, age 18 of Atlanta, Ga., daughter of Frank and Sheila Griffin, will perform a dance. Her platform is "Support/Mentor Group Systems for High School Teen Girls."

  • Nursing freshman Alexandria Hilliard, age 19 of Birmingham, daughter of Terry Ann Powell, will perform a dance. Her platform is "Mentor and Motivate Fallen Youth."

  • Biomedical sciences sophomore Jada Jackson, age 19 of Theodore, Ala., daughter of Cedric and Brenda Jackson, will perform a piano solo. Her platform is "Teen Gun Control."

  • Accounting senior Tara Pace, age 23 of Haleyville, Ala., daughter of Tim and Beverly Pace, will perform a martial arts routine. Her platform is "Developing Leaders and Role Models in Today's Youth."

  • Physical therapy freshman Meredith Perez, age 18 of Mobile, daughter of Tulia and Arturo Perez, will perform a dance. Her platform is "Striving for Education."

  • Finance junior Valerie Turgeau, age 21 of Pascagoula, Miss., daughter of Terry and Idaly Turgeau, will perform a dance. Her platform is "Financial Education for High School Students."

For more information on the Miss University of South Alabama 2010 Contestants, click here .

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