The Nu-Xi chapter at Stephen F. Austin State University packed the BPSC Grand Ballroom Feb. 16 for the annual Miss Greek pageant, benefiting Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The event has been hosted since 2008 and has grown each year.
“Nickolas Gallegos was a freshman at SFA who passed away the fall of 2007 as a result of alcohol poisoning,” said Isaac Niedrauer, TKE member and event host. “He was a new member of TKE, and the guys here wanted to do something that would honor his memory and prevent future alcohol-related injuries. Miss Greek was the event created.”
Thirteen women from Alpha Chi Omega, Chi Omega, Delta Zeta, Delta Delta Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Theta Gamma and Sigma Kappa Omega competed for the title of Miss Greek and for $1,000 to be donated to their sorority’s philanthropy.
Like most pageants, there were casual wear, talent and formal wear rounds, and questions for contestants to finish before winning.
Talents performed ranged from singing to dancing on roller skates and magic acts. Stephanie Sims of Zeta Tau Alpha placed third, Lindsey Koski of Delta Zeta took second place and Candise Stewart of Sigma Kappa Omega won first overall.
This was the first year a sorority in the Independent Greek Council won the event.
“Placing at Miss Greek felt amazing,” Sims said. “I am very big into not drink[ing] and driving, so I felt privileged to participate in an event that had those same views on such an important cause. I’m glad I was able to make the top three and meet such wonderful girls.”
Overall, the event raised $3,200. $1,000 will be donated to Sigma Kappa Omega’s philanthropy, and $2,200 will go to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
This story originally appeared in The Pine Log.
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