Another Valentine Queen has been crowned, as this year marked the 78th annual Valentine’s Day Pageant.
By MARLENA STOKES
The Pageant, held February 7 in Ransdell Chapel, consisted of nine young ladies representing an organization they are involved in on campus. Each contestant was judged on her poise, appearance, talent, and judge’s interview, with each category holding a certain amount of points that were tallied up at the end of the competition.
The event was hosted by Student Government President Rebekah Mobley and Student Government Vice President Andrew Coy. There was also a segment that honored Campbellsville University’s 2019 Valentine’s Queen, Sarah Jean Hughes.
This year’s contestants were as follows:
Rachel Barnett, sophomore, representing Phi Alpha Theta
Lydia Manley, senior, representing Church Outreach
Anna McKinley, junior, representing University Chorale
Reagan Davidson, junior, representing Baptist Campus Ministries
Chesney Bethel, freshman, representing Commuters
Kasi Givans, junior, representing Education Club
Milan Bailey, sophomore, representing the Black Student Association
Hannah Baxter, sophomore, representing the Honors Program
Julia Heo, junior, representing the International Student Association
For the first time ever, the pageant also included a “People’s Choice” award category where the audience could scan a QR code in their program and vote for their personal favorite contestant. The 2020 People’s Choice award went to Chesney Bethel.
The other award winners are as follows:
Best Escort: Camdyn Waggoner
Best Poise and Appearance: Hannah Baxter
Best Interview: Kasi Givans
Best Talent: Reagan Davidson
Miss Congeniality: Anna McKinley
Second Runner Up: Reagan Davidson
First Runner Up: Lydia Manley
2020 Valentine Queen: Hannah Baxter
Hannah Baxter is a sophomore from Grayson County, KY, and is majoring in psychology. She said she was excited to participate in the pageant because she had never been in anything similar before.
“I wanted to try it out and represent Honors [Students] since no one else volunteered,” said Baxter. “Not many people know about Honors so I wanted to make our club more known in the community.”
Baxter spoke of how she was intimidated because this was her first time to ever experience anything like the Valentine’s Pageant.
“I just decided to have fun with it,” said Baxter.
Baxter said her favorite part of the whole pageant was the talent portion because she loves singing and performing.
“My sister suggested me singing “You Are the Reason” because it is one of her favorites and it is also a song I like and felt confident and comfortable singing,” said Baxter of singing a song by Callum Scott.
In all, Baxter was able to take a lesson from the whole experience.
“I learned that it really is better to relax, have fun and be yourself rather than stress and obsess over winning,” Baxter concluded.