By Krystina Pedersen |Staff Writer|
The Mr. and Miss CSUSB pageant offers more than just a moment in the spotlight for its participants; it’s an opportunity to win free tuition for spring 2012.
The pageant will be held on March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Santos Manuel Student Union Event Center.
According to Associated Students Incorporated (ASI), the night is anticipated to be a spectacular night full of entertainment with performances and hosts who have volunteered to help make this night as sensational as possible.
The Mr. and Miss CSUSB pageant offers students the opportunity to demonstrate a talent of their choice and express their Coyote spirit on stage in front of a full audience.
The lucky participants who are crowned Mr. and Mrs. CSUSB will receive their entire spring quarter tuition paid off as an incentive for winning the pageant.
Daisy Betancourt-Ramos, activities committee member of ASI, said that the pageant, “is an opportunity for the contestants to showcase themselves, and if they win they get the owning rights to the title Mr. or Miss CSUSB.”
For people like Kaithlyn Huntington, the possibility of receiving spring quarter tuition free was a good enough reason to audition for the pageant.
Although she didn’t advance to the finale, Huntington went into the auditions and gave it her all by singing “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones and honestly answering the questions the judges asked her.
“It was definitely scary. I have never done anything like this before, being on stage in front of the judges made me really nervous and even though I didn’t advance to the finale I would definitely like to retry next year,” said Huntington.
Even though there is a lot at stake for those in the pageant; it isn’t all about being serious.
“The pageant is just meant to be a fun night, filled with entertainment and a night to bring the student body together. It truly is a great night and I look forward to it every year,” said Betancourt-Ramos.
For pageant participant Kayla Gutierrez, the pageant is an opportunity for her to participate in something that she has always wanted to partake in as well as express her passion for dancing, which is her talent for the show.
For Gutierrez this pageant will be her first, but it definitely will not be her last.
She plans to compete in the Miss America pageant this summer.
“Participating in a pageant is something I have always wanted to do; receiving money for spring tuition would be nice.
I’m just very excited to perform because I love to dance. It’s truly one of my passions and I love performing for people as well,” said Gutierrez.
This night only comes around once every year but according to Betancourt-Ramos and others in ASI it is truly a memorable night, not only for the two lucky participants who will be crowned Mr. and Miss CSUSB and receive a check the amount of spring quarters tuition, but for the whole student body.
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