Millions across the world strive to win pageants. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, eight students competed for the coveted title of Mr. and Miss Cabrini.
“We have the pageant to get more people involved on campus and to promote the school,” Peter Morrison, sophomore Spanish education major, said.
Morrison and freshman secondary education major Christina Riotto are co-directors of the Mr. and Miss Cabrini pageant. The event was sponsored by CAP Board.
Letters were sent out to all of the clubs and organizations at Cabrini to nominate male and female candidates. From the nominees selected, it is their own decision whether or not to participate.
The first time the contestants came head-to-head was for the penny wars, which took place in the week leading up to the pagaent. From Nov. 2-6 each contestant had a box in Jazzmans Cafe where students could donate pennies to their favorite candidate. All proceeds went to the Nothing But Nets Campaign, which works to combat malaria in Africa.
The remaining segments of the pageant were held in Grace Hall at 8 p.m. and consisted of several different aspects.
Junior communication major Gianna Shikitino and senior communication major Jake Verterano were the hosts of the event.
The first part consisted of the talent segment where each contestant has a three to five minute period where they can sing, dance or perform a skit. This was followed by a personal interview conducted by the hosts.
Additional portions included Cabrini trivia where the hopefuls were quizzed on their knowledge of the campus and a formal wear segment. Contestants were judged on their stage presence, professionalism and spontaneity.
“It’s fun and everybody knows the pageant because it’s been around for so long,” Morrison said.