Annual Miss Sam Houston Pageant Returns to SHSU

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The annual Miss Sam Houston Pageant is coming back to the LSC Ballroom stage tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Program Council and Student Activities have teamed up together to host this event.

16 girls, representing different organizations across campus, have been working since November to bring Sam Houston State University the Miss Sam Houston Pageant.

Student Pageant Director Mekayla Perkins said the event will keep the audience on their toes.

“We’re going to do two cuts during the pageant, so that will be a nail biter,” Perkins said.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 education award, a meal plan courtesy of Aramark and represent SHSU in the 2017 Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant. The winner’s sponsoring student organization will also receive a $500 award.

The pageant has origins in the old Sam Houston tradition, formally known as the “Bathing Beauty Review,” hosted by the Caroline Belvin Literacy Society. The winner received not only the title of “Bathing Beauty,” but prizes such as new clothes, jewelry and flowers. In 1949, the contest changed the winner’s title to “Miss Sam Houston.”

The pageant disappeared in the late 1980’s from the yearbooks. However, in 2010, the Program Council planned the reemergence of the tradition. In Spring 2011, the Miss Sam Houston Pageant returned to SHSU and crowned the first Miss Sam Houston in more than 30 years.

Perkins said the event is very popular and that people start to line up hours in advance to get a seat.

“Most people just see pageants on TV, they don’t really see it here,” Perkins said. “It’s a pretty cool experience if you’ve never seen one in person.”

According to Perkins, the pageant has served as a great opportunity for contestants to grow.

“I’ve watched these girls blossom,” Perkins said. “It’s really nice to see the change in them as women.”

The event is free and open to the public.