Brandi White, a sophomore elementary education major from Dothan, was crowned queen at the 43rd annual Miss Troy University Pageant. The pageant was held in Claudia Crosby Theater on Saturday, Nov. 2.
White bested 12 fellow Trojan women in private interviews, onstage questions, talent, swimwear and evening gown categories to clench the coveted title of Miss Troy University. White’s platform centered on “Changing Lives through the Arts.” She is a leadership scholar as well as a dance minor and has had leading roles with the Southeast Alabama Dance Company. In addition, White is the founder and teacher of “CLARA,” a dance camp for underprivileged children in Dothan.
Carlie Spencer, a freshman mathematics and broadcast journalism major from Montgomery and a contestant in this year’s Miss Troy pageant, said, “I think Miss Troy University offers young women on campus not just scholarship opportunities, but also valuable interview and public speaking skills. It’s also a chance to represent this great university and show the rest of the state the quality students and individuals of Troy University.”
The position of Miss Troy University is similar to holding a public office in many aspects. Miss Troy is the representative of her constituents, she is to put the interests of others before her own, and she is always being critiqued.
Nekio Lane, a senior graphic design major from Opp, said, “I think that Miss Troy University is a great opportunity for our university to display the type of class, elegance and professionalism the women of Troy University possess. We as a university are moving forward, and who better to represent our Troy than a young woman of this caliber.”
Past Miss Troys have had a track record of community involvement and service, and White is involved in many aspects concerning the community, both in Dothan and Troy
Casey Croger, a graduate student studying school counseling from Woodstock, said, “I like that the winner gets to represent Troy University in a number of Philanthropic Events in the community which help give Troy a good name. I know Keleigh (Edwards, Miss Troy University 2012) was a wonderful face for Troy in her event with the elementary school children. It was wonderful to see how excited they were to meet her and listen to what she had to say. I hope and am assured that Miss White will carry on the wonderful tradition.”
Hannah McDonald, a senior elementary education major from Prattville, was first runner-up and was also the winner for the swimsuit competition.
Caitlin Mosley, a senior biomedical sciences major from Pace, Fla., was named second runner-up. She attends Troy on a Millennium scholarship and is a member of the Order of Omega, Phi Kappa Phi, Tri Beta and Alpha Epsilon Delta honor societies.
Mary Kelly Cantrell, a freshman music education major from Sylacauga, was named third runner-up. Cantrell, a graduate of Sylacauga High School, also won the talent portion of the competition, performing the vocal aria “Adele’s Laughing Song.” She attends Troy on a Chancellor’s scholarship.
Amanda Ford, a senior broadcast journalism major from Helena, was named fourth runner-up. A graduate of Pelham High School, Ford is a Troy University Leadership Scholar, President of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and a news anchor and reporter for Troy University’s TrojanVision News.
Connor Murphy-White, a senior theatre and music industry major from Greenville, was named Miss Congeniality. The Greenville High School graduate is a member of Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi, Lambda Pie Eta and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. She has been active in various choral ensembles including Collegiate Singers and Concert Chorale and a member of Alpha Psi Omega, national drama society.
The winner of Miss Troy University also receives a prize in the form of a full tuition scholarship for one school year.
White will be representing Troy in The Miss Alabama Pageant, and if she advances, she will represent the state of Alabama in the Miss America Pageant.
White was contacted by the Tropolitan but was unavailable to comment.