Practice is already under way for the 12 Lawrence residents and Kansas University students vying for the title of Miss KU-Lawrence.
The Miss KU-Lawrence Scholarship Pageant, which serves as an official preliminary to the Miss Kansas and Miss America scholarship pageants, will be Saturday night. Contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 26 and a KU student or Lawrence resident.
The local pageant, normally held in the spring, has been shifted this year to the fall to better fit into Kansas University students' schedules and to allow the winner more time to prepare for the state competition, which has been moved up more than a month as well, according to Tracey Noll, executive director of the pageant. Ms. Noll was Miss Topeka in 1983 and competed in that year's Miss Kansas pageant. This year the state pageant will be in June, rather than July as it had been in the past.
THE DOZEN contestants first met Oct. 8 and have been practicing weekly since then. As the event approaches, they have geared their practices up to twice a week.
The pre-show featuring a variety of entertainment will begin at 7 that evening, followed by the contest at 7:30 p.m. in Hoch Auditorium on the KU campus. Special entertainment will include the Miss KU-Lawrence Dancers from The Dance Gallery in Lawrence and the Dance Gallery Acrobatic Troupe.
Mistress of ceremonies will be Nancy Cobb Kisner, a former Miss Lawrence and Miss Kansas for 1984. She and her sister, Peggy Cobb, who is the reigning Miss KU-Lawrence and a senior at KU, also will perform during the pageant.
THE WOMEN will be judged in four areas: talent, worth 40 percent; an interview, 30 percent; swimsuit competition, 15 percent; and evening gown competition, also 15 percent. Besides crowning a queen, first through fourth runners-up will be named. Winners will receive scholarships.
Additionally, an interview winner will be selected and a special judges' award will be given to a non-finalist whom the judges determine deserves special recognition.
Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is the main sponsor for the event, and members of the fraternity will serve as escorts for pageant contestants. Jon Cohn is fraternity chairman for the pageant. Karen Fender, Miss Kansas in 1974, is producer of this year's pageant.
Tickets are available at the door, at the Dance Gallery, 31st and Four Wheel Drive or from the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity or any contestant.
THE FOLLOWING is a list of pageant participants, including short biographies.
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