Emily Tyler, a sophomore math education major from Rome, Ga., was crowned Miss Shorter University 2017 during the annual scholarship pageant at the Rome City Auditorium.
Photo above: Miss Shorter University 2017 Emily Tyler with Shorter University President Dr. Don Dowless and Mrs. Teresa Dowless.
Tyler, who also claimed the pageant’s talent award, was selected as Miss Shorter University by a panel of three judges and received a $1,500 scholarship. She will go on to compete in the Miss Georgia Scholarship Pageant in June 2017.
“Emily Tyler shines the light of Jesus wherever she goes. She is a bright and beautiful young woman who is more than deserving of this honor,” said Cassie Thomas, director of the Miss Shorter University Pageant.
Blake Estock, a freshman pre-nursing major from Lilburn, Ga., was the first runner-up and received a $300 scholarship. Freshman biology major Oschia Hodge, of Vidalia, Ga., was the second runner-up and was named Miss Congeniality. She received a $100 scholarship.
The Miss Shorter Pageant, which is presented by Shorter’s Office of Student Life and the Student Government Association, featured a private interview, talent, lifestyle and fitness competition, an on-stage question, and an evening wear competition.
Other contestants were Madeline Fricks, a freshman accounting major from Fyffe, Ala.; Anna Lundy, a freshman communication arts major from Cedartown, Ga.; Catherine Mitchner, a senior biology major from Jacksonville, Fla.; Teresa Oseichi, a junior nursing major from Dallas, Ga.; Laura Williams, a junior criminal justice and psychology major from Weaver, Ala.; and Maddy Williams, a freshman computer science major from Douglasville, Ga.
Judges for this year’s Miss Shorter University Pageant were Teresa Bowman, of Rome; Jonathan Howard, of Atlanta; and Jody Darby, of Tennessee. The event was emceed by Caleb Britt, president of Shorter’s Student Government Association, and Kelsey Kirk, a 2014 Shorter graduate who was Miss Shorter University 2014.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christ-centered, four-year liberal arts university committed to excellence in education. The Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its list of best Southeastern Colleges. The university offers traditional bachelor’s degrees in 40 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, and four master’s programs. Learn more about Shorter at www.shorter.edu.