Six Contestants Compete Sunday to Be Crowned Miss CSU 2013

pageant contestantsCOLUMBUS — Six Columbus State University students will compete in four categories Sunday to become Miss CSU 2013.

Doors at University Hall on main campus will open an hour before the 3 p.m. Feb. 17 scholarship pageant.

Contestants will also participate in the 2013 CSU Homecoming Parade starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 along Broadway in Uptown Columbus. They will also be presented at half-time of the 1:30 p.m. Saturday Lady Cougars’ homecoming game at the Lumpkin Center.

Five judges will decide who succeeds Amarinda Trear, Miss CSU 2012, a vocal performance major, who represented CSU at the Miss Georgia Pageant last June. The winner of the Miss CSU 2013 pageant will compete in the next Miss Georgia Pageant on June 19-22.

A former Miss CSU, Shana Teel Purkey of Nashville, and Mark Immelman, CSU’s men’s golf coach for 12 years, will serve as emcees during the pageant, when contestants will be asked to answer an on-stage question and then compete in swimsuit, talent and evening wear categories.

Sunday’s pageant contestants are:

  • Telea Davis, a sophomore education major from Newnan, whose talent is jazz vocal, singing I’m Feeling Good.
  • Mary Lyons, a senior English major from Columbus, whose talent is praise dance.
  • Katelyn Pawlowski, a junior exercise science major from Midland, whose talent is jazz dance.
  • Ansley Phillips, a freshman communication major from Fortson, whose talent is tap dance.
  • Kelsey Ray, a sophomore special education major from Trion, whose talent is vocal and guitar, performing Begin Again.
  • Alexandra Maria Santos, a freshman marketing major from Columbus, whose talent is belly dance.

Pageant entertainment beyond the contestants includes songs by Trear, Purkey and April Hollingsworth, Miss CSU 2010.

Purkey, who was Miss CSU 1999, is now an entrepreneur in Nashville. She credits the scholarship she won from a Miss America preliminary pageant with making it possible for her to go on to graduate school and earn her Master of Public Administration at Columbus State.

“I owe so much to competing in the Miss America system,” she said. “It forced me to get out of my shell and get into situations I wouldn’t normally pursue. It teaches life skills you don’t learn in college.”

Tickets are $5 for CSU students with ID and $10 for the public, and they may be purchased at the door or by visiting

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