The 2018 Miss Virginia Pageant, which takes place June 21 – 23 on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, will boast a significant presence from Hollins University.
The reigning Miss Virginia, Cecili Weber, is a Hollins alumna (she’s a member of the class of 2017), and this year’s competition features four contestants who are recent graduates or current students:
- Andolyn Medina ’16, Miss Piedmont Region, whose platform is “Demand an End: Stop Childhood Exploitation and Human Trafficking.” She will sing an opera vocal in the talent portion of the competition.
- Emili McPhail ’18, Miss Arlington, is an advocate for “Ending Hunger in the U.S.” She will play piano in the talent competition.
- Dominga Murray ’20, Miss Crooked Road, is promoting “Hunger Has a Cure” and will display her vocal talent at the pageant.
- Monica Osborne ’20, Miss Dominion, is competing with the platform, “Buy Local, Eat Local, Be Local,” and will perform jazz en pointe.
The winner of this year’s Miss Virginia Pageant will go on to vie for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City on September 9.
Through state and local organizations, the Miss Virginia Pageant supports education, advocates for community service, and provides young women with a forum in which to express their talents, intelligence and opinions in culture, politics, platforms, and the community. The competition is a scholarship pageant that each year gives scholarship dollars to deserving young women from all over the state who participate in local pageants and the state pageant. At the local and state Miss America competitions, millions of dollars in scholarship assistance have been made available to young women. For years, the Miss America Pageant has been the largest scholastic benefactor to women in the world.
Top photo (from left): Andolyn Medina ’17, Miss Piedmont Region; Emili McPhail ’18, Miss Arlington; Dominga Murray ’20, Miss Crooked Road; and Monica Osborne ’20, Miss Dominion.