JALC Crowns Volunteer Pageant Winners
February 26, 2016
BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services
CARTERVILLE, IL– John A. Logan College recently hosted the 29th annual Miss and Mrs. Volunteer Scholarship Pageants and the 3rd annual Mr. Volunteer Pageant. Christin Ritter from Herrin won the title of Miss Volunteer, Angela Black of Marion was named Mrs. Volunteer, and Caleb Southerland of Carbondale was crowned Mr. Volunteer.
Ritter, an early childhood education major at Logan, sang “Through the Eyes of Love” for the talent portion of the contest and also participated in interview, evening gown, and swimsuit competitions.
“I’ve run in a few other pageants and this is the second title I’ve won,” Ritter said. “I won Miss HerrinFesta last year. But this was the first pageant I’ve done where there was a talent contest involved. It was my first time singing in front of an audience so I was extremely nervous, but I thought it went well. Since I won this title, I’ve qualified to compete in the Miss Illinois America Pageant in June. I’m really excited about that.”
Black, a sophomore who is studying journalism and music at JALC, was judged on interview and evening gown and sang “The Rose” for the talent competition. She said the Mrs. Volunteer Pageant was the first pageant she has competed in.
“I had never done anything like this before so it was a whole new experience for me,” Black said. “I’m in the JALC Choir so I’ve sung in public before, but this was my first time performing a solo, and I really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to representing Logan at various local events and getting a chance to talk about all the positive things the college has to offer.”
Southerland, a sophomore studying music education at JALC, competed in interview and evening wear competitions and performed the classical piece "L'Orage" by Friedrich Burgmuller, on the piano for the talent contest.
“When I heard there was a Mr. Volunteer Pageant for guys, I thought it would be cool to give it a try,” Southerland said. “Everyone was very nice a supportive of each other, and it was a lot of fun. I was also happy to win the scholarship money.”
Karen Sala, long-time music professor at Logan, organized the pageants and was pleased with the outcome.
“All three of the contestants who won the titles this year are wonderful, talented people,” Sala said. “I know they will be great representatives for the college.”
Along with their titles, Ritter, Black, and Southerland each won a $500 college scholarship, a crown, a sash, and other prizes.
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