GSU crowns a new Miss GSU

Photo:Courtney Bonacci

Sydney Franklin

Tonight, the University Programming Board (UPB) delivered the 66th Annual Miss GSU

scholarship pageant.

Contestant number eight, Melissa Royal was crowned Miss GSU 2014; she crooned the

judges to the melodic melodies of Ava Maria along with the piano accompaniment of a pianist.

Royal is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship and various other prizes valuing $6,000.

“I practiced a lot with piano player, Mike, and I went in the studio in Aspen Heights and

practiced: my faces, my walks, and just came out here with the best attitude to do the best that I

can,” Royal said.

As the curtains revealed the 10 contestants of the night, the ladies strutted to the sounds

of Britney Spears, where they introduced themselves and their platforms.

Former Miss GSU 2013, Reedi Hawkins and current Mr. GSU, James Johnson, then

introduced the judges of the night.

The contestants were divided into two groups, the blue hearts and the gold hearts. The

blue hearts (contestants 1-5) competed in talent first, while the gold hearts competed in swimsuit.

The two groups then switched, with the blue hearts competing in swimwear while the gold hearts

in competed in talent. The competition was diverse with talents ranging from contestant number

three, Miki Argiriou’s yoga routine to contestant number six, Tevin Thomas’ Tahitian hula


Former Miss GSU 2013 and 2012 Miss Georgia talent preliminary winner, Reedi

Hawkins then performed a ballet point routine to Gloria Estefan’s, “Turn the Beat Around.”

After, the interview portion of the pageant began. On-stage interview was worth 25% of

each contestant’s score. Each contestant randomly chose a judge’s name from a container and

was asked a random question from that particular judge.

In the end Royal on and will go on to be Miss GSU.