Kicking off the university’s Fall Family and Alumni Weekend, the competition begins at 7 p.m. in the Falany Performing Arts Center on Reinhardt’s campus.
The six contestants competing for the title are Hannah Craton of Dallas, Vanness Irie of Lawrenceville, Katie Reynolds of Canton, Ebony Scott of Virginia Beach, Va., Jessica Simmons of Flowery Branch; and Elizabeth Williams of Lawrenceville.
This year’s competition is being coordinated by Miss Reinhardt 2011 Caroline Folsom, a junior biology education major from Dallas and Letia Wyatt, Reinhardt’s coordinator of student activities.
“The Miss Reinhardt Competition doubles as a chance for the young women of Reinhardt University to have fun and also raise money for a good cause,” said Wyatt. “This year each contestant will raise money before and during the competition for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.”
This cause was chosen because it’s a disease that many people know little about, and it has become more prevalent over the years, but scientists have still not found a cure, Wyatt said.
“By supporting this foundation, Reinhardt will be aiding in finding the cure for many people suffering from this disease while educating the audience of the Miss Reinhardt competition,” Wyatt said.
Craton is a freshman English education and theatre arts major. She is a staff member of Reinhardt’s student newspaper, The Hiltonian, and received a theatre scholarship to attend the university.
For the talent portion of the competition, Craton will sing “For Good” from the Broadway musical “Wicked.”
Irie is a sophomore global communications and sociology major. She in the Reinhardt Honors Program, and is a member of the cross country team and the Reinhardt Choir.
Her club involvement includes the Communications Club and the Social Behavioral Sciences Club, of which she serves as secretary.
Irie receives the Reinhardt Dean’s Scholarship, Honors Scholarship and Academic Scholarship. She will perform a monologue titled “Black Diamonds” for talent.
Reynolds is a junior majoring in business management. She is the vice president of Reinhardt’s Student Activities Council and serves on the executive board of the Student Government Association.
She is a New Student Orientation Leader and a Reinhardt cheerleader. Reynolds is a participant of the Northwest Crescent Leadership Alliance and of the university’s annual Convocation of Artists and Scholars.
She volunteers for the Students in Free Enterprise club and the Lady Eagles soccer team. For talent Reynolds will be dancing to “Bend and Snap” from the Broadway musical “Legally Blonde.”
Scott is a sophomore sociology/criminology major and works on campus in the university’s Reinhardt Central. She will dance to “He Wants It All” by Forever Jones for talent.
Simmons is a sophomore majoring in music education. She is a Reinhardt resident assistant, Philanthropy Program assistant, Mu Phi Epsilon treasurer, and a cross country team member.
Simmons receives a music scholarship and an academic scholarship from Reinhardt. For the talent portion of the competition, Simmons will play the clarinet to “Swinging from 10 Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 37, No. 3” by Louise Moyse.
Williams is a senior majoring in marketing and is captain of the Reinhardt cheerleading squad, a member of the Student Activities and Judiciary Councils, and an officer for Students in Free Enterprise.
She is a leader for New Student Orientation, a member of the cross country team, and a participant in the university’s annual Convocation of Artists and Scholars.
Williams will dance to “Let’s Go” by NeYo for talent.
Contestants for Miss Reinhardt will be judged on academic excellence, commitment to community, talent, interview and evening gown categories.
To qualify to compete for Miss Reinhardt, contestants must: have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be enrolled as a full-time student, be involved in one recognized student club or organization, and have maintained good academic, judicial, and financial standing at Reinhardt.
Miss Reinhardt 2012 will speak at meetings and events, work to unify the campus, attend Student Government Association and Student Activities Council sponsored events, and represent Reinhardt University in the community.