Miss Lindenwood crowns winner, raises funds for fallen first responders

This year's Miss Lindenwood contestant winners. From left: Sarah Moore, second runner-up, Jordyn Lockhart, Miss Lindenwood, and Alaina Colclasure, people's choice.
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KAYLA DRAKE | Multimedia Producer

Jordyn Lockhart won the 2018 Miss Lindenwood Pageant, an event that raised more than $1,000 for a nonprofit that helps families of first responders killed in the line of duty.

The pageant was in the Lindenwood Cultural Center on Nov. 8. 

This was the fourth year for the event, which is Phi Lambda Chi fraternity’s biggest fundraiser. The pageant had a Gatsby theme this year and included 12 contestants, ranging from freshmen to seniors, experienced and first-timers to pageants. 

The judges were: drag queen Mercury Jones, Student Involvement director Angie Royal and theatre professor Larry Quiggins. 

Senior Harry York, head chairman of philanthropy for the fraternity, was in charge of planning the pageant for the second year in a row.

York said he was satisfied that all the minute details came together, and audience members were telling him it was the best Miss Lindenwood yet.

Of the 12 contestants, four placed. Lockhart was crowned Miss Lindenwood, Ivy Tinnin was crowned first runner-up, Sarah Moore was crowned second runner-up and Alaina Colclasure was crowned people’s choice. 

“At first I thought this is a dream, this can’t be real, but then I saw the Phi Sigs screaming,” said Lockhart, the recruitment chair for Phi Sigma Sigma.

This year was Lockhart’s second time to compete in Miss Lindenwood. Last year, she finished first runner-up and said she only participated because her friend wanted someone to do it with her. 

Lockhart said she was nervous to showcase her designs for the talent portion because fashion is opinionated, but she said it was worth the risk for the cause.

“I was slightly nervous because of my talent, because I was putting so much of myself out there with my designs,” she said.

In total, Phi Lambda Chi raised $1,376 for BackStoppers, $400 more than last year. 

The contestants and judges pose for photos after the pageant concluded.
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The Great Gatsby theme called for a flapper dress round and senior Ashlynn Wilson got in character for her appearance. 
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Freshman Iliana Paz sings a cover of "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley for the talent portion, which received a standing ovation from the crowd.
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Freshman Tabby Grissom walks on stage for the formal wear round.
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Freshman Nicole Eftimiou prepares to answer a question during the formal round from the hosts, Phi Lambda Chi members Andrew Rogers and James Quiggins.
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Junior Alyssa Hawkins struts the stage for the formal wear portion.
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Originally from Miles City, Montana, sophomore Sarah Moore grew up roping and decided to teach the audience how for her talent spot.
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Freshman Abbey Kimbrough makes her way to the hosts to answer a question for the final round of formal wear.
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Winner, Jordyn Lockhart shows off her dual use prom dress design. It had a black tulle skirt for the dance, detached from the corset to wear to the after party.
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Senior Ivy Tinnin walks the stage for her third Miss Lindenwood appearance.
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Juniors Shane Henderson and Posy Lou Durr perform an intermission lip sync to "Bohemian Rhapsody," timely for the recent Queen movie that came out this month. 
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The judges watch a contestant sing for her talent portion. From left: Larry Quiggins, Angie Royal and Mercury Jones.
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Sophomore Laura Adams line dances for her talent.
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Junior Alaina Colclasure waves to the audience in her flapper costume.
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Senior Caroline Campbell answers why she loves Lindenwood University during the formal round.
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The four finalists of Miss Lindenwood are crowned. From left: Miss Lindenwood, Lockhart, First Runner-Up Tinnin, Second Runner-Up Wilson and People's Choice Colclasure.
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