By Tony Parra
Young women walked down the runway flashing their smiles with evening gowns to the song “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt and when everything was said and done it was Malia Rummell who the judges chose as Miss Eastern New Mexico University Silver Rose.
“It was scary waiting for them to announce the winner,” Rummell said. “They’re all amazing girls. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything like this. I’m glad I was able to uphold the good name of Chi Omega.”
There were eight contestants in the third annual Silver Rose Pageant on Thursday evening who took part in answering questions about their futures and displaying business attire and evening gowns in the ballroom of the Campus Union Building.
Rummell, an ENMU junior, won first place and with it a sash, a dozen roses and tiara along with a $200 check. Showing her practical side, Rummell said she would probably use the money to pay bills.
Michelle Ontiveros won second place and a $50 check while Jasmine Sanchez won third place and a $25 check.
Doc Elder was the MC for the pageant and congratulated Mary Ayala for being recently named dean of liberal arts. Ayala was one of the judges of the pageant. A pageant contestant Noel Carpenter, a 2005 Floyd High School graduate, competed along with Adrienne Sena, Lizzette Dominguez, Reanne Tucker and Kristin Stevens. All of the women are ENMU students.
Rich Ballesteros, the president of the local Omega Delta Phi chapter, said fraternity members will use proceeds from the event to pay for a trip to Austin for the Omega Delta Phi National Conference on July 15, 16 and 17.
“We wanted to raise money so we can send a good group of guys to the conference,” Ballesteros said. “We want to have a good turnout at the conference.”
The event was sponsored by the Buckle clothing store in Clovis.