Huntingdon News

February 21, 2013
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Victoria Luchner crowned Miss Huntingdon 2013

Miss Huntingdon Pageant 2013 Montgomery, Ala.—A new Miss Huntingdon was crowned Saturday, February 16, at the conclusion of the annual scholarship pageant at Huntingdon College.  Nine women competed for the title.  At the conclusion of the pageant, Victoria Luchner of Enterprise, Alabama, was crowned Miss Huntingdon by her predecessor, Miss Huntingdon 2012 Ansley Stewart of Lake Placid, Florida. 

Luchner, the daughter of Tom and Suzy Luchner, won a $600 scholarship with her title.  She is a junior communication studies major and political science minor who performs with the Huntingdon Concert Choir and Huntingdon's jazz/show choir, Huntingdon Harmony.  She serves as vice president of the Drama Club, special events chair for the Campus Activities Board, a senator for the Student Government Association, and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi women's fraternity. For her talent, she performed "Let Me Be Your Star" from the television series, Smash.  Luchner's platform is "Active Minds." 

Stephanie Yasechko of Niles, Ohio, was awarded First Runner-up honors, including a $400 scholarship.  She is the daughter of Ron Yasechko and Kim Bagnoli.  A freshman biochemistry major, Yasechko is a member of the Huntingdon Student Government Association, the Exchange Club, the American Chemical Society, the Marching Scarlet and Grey, Huntingdon Dazzlers dance team, and Freshman Forum.  For her talent, she performed a baton-twirling routine to "Baby, I'm a Star." 

Katy Rebekah Hall of Prattville, Alabama, was named Second Runner-up and awarded a $200 scholarship.  The daughter of Wade and Brenda Hall is a sophomore athletic training and physical education double major.  She serves as vice president of member recruitment for Alpha Omicron Pi women's fraternity and is a member of the College Republicans, Experts Club, and Voice of Justice.  She sang "How Great Thou Art" for the talent portion of the competition.

The contestants awarded the title of Miss Congeniality to Jamie Reschke, a freshman art and biology double major from Las Vegas, Nevada, and the daughter of James and Debbie Reschke.  A member of the College's first intercollegiate women's lacrosse team, Reschke earned a place on the Dean's List of High Honors for the fall semester 2012 and is active in Freshman Forum and the Dining Hall Committee. 

Members of the student body, who voted prior to the pageant, awarded the title of "Most Photogenic" to Bailee Ikner, the daughter of Gwen Phillips and Roger Ikner and a junior psychology major from Mobile, Alabama.  Ikner serves as membership director for Phi Mu women's fraternity, captain of the Huntingdon Dazzlers dance team, and public relations chairman for the Psychology Club. 

Contestant Georgianna Hunt is the daughter of Chuck and Elaine Hunt of Wetumpka, Alabama.  She is a member of Chi Omega women's fraternity and serves as chair of public relations for the Campus Activities Board.  She is also an active participant in Freshman Forum, Voice of Justice, and Campus Ministries.  Hunt is a freshman communication studies major and political science minor.

Contestant Kaison Darden, a sophomore communication studies major and political science minor, serves as president of the Commuter Student Organization and represents the CSO as a senator in the Student Government Association.  She serves as treasurer for the Class of 2015 and as editor of the College newspaper, The Gargoyle.  She is a member of the Panhellenic Executive Council and serves as philanthropy chair for Alpha Omicron Pi women's fraternity.  Darden is the daughter of Scott and Kristy Kelsey and Kenneth Darden of Wetumpka, Alabama.

Contestant Alyssa McCurry, a junior art major, is the daughter of Elder Michael and Dr. Tammie McCurry of Montgomery.  Named a Huntingdon College Ambassador for the 2012–2013 academic year, McCurry also represents the College as a member of the intercollegiate women's volleyball and basketball teams. In recognition of her academic achievement during her freshman year she was named to Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society. 

Brooke Meadows, the daughter of Allen and Paulette Meadows, was the final contestant.  She is a member of the Huntingdon Lady Hawks softball team and of Voice of Justice.  She is a junior biology major from Tallassee, Alabama, earning secondary teacher certification and a minor in Spanish. 

Scores earned during interviews with pageant judges prior to the pageant comprised 35% of the contestants' scores. During the pageant, the women were judged on their self-introduction and platform preview, talent, poise, and response to an on-stage question. 

Esry, Taylor, and StewartThe student pageant coordinator, who also co-hosted the event, was Skye Esry of Eufaula, Alabama, a freshman majoring in history and political science. Esry is a member of Chi Omega women's fraternity and serves as vice president for Freshman Forum. Her co-host was Ryne Taylor of Andalusia, Alabama, a senior majoring in mathematics who serves as a Huntingdon Ambassador, a member of the Huntingdon Hawks football team and the Math Club, and a senator for the Student Government Association.  Taylor is also involved with the Hawks Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

2012 Miss Huntingdon Ansley Stewart spent her year-long reign raising money for and awareness about the Smile Train organization, the world's largest cleft lip charity that performs simple and inexpensive surgeries that can change children's lives.  Stewart, a senior Christian education major and psychology minor, interns with Stella's Voice, an anti-human-trafficking organization.  She is a member of Chi Omega women's fraternity and serves as secretary for the Class of 2013.

The Miss Huntingdon Pageant is an event of the College's Campus Activities Board.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall.  Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for two years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contributions to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges. Huntingdon's Cultural and Community Events Series events are co-sponsored by Baptist Health.


Pictured left-to-right in photo, upper right:  Alyssa McCurry, Georgianna Hunt, Bailee Ikner, Stephanie Yasechko, Victoria Luchner, Katy Hall, Jamie Reschke, Brooke Meadows, and Kaison Darden. 

Pictured left-to-right in photo, lower right:  Skye Esry, Ryne Taylor, and Ansley Stewart.


Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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