Panhellenic Women Take On the Miss UCF Pageant
On February 7th, 14 women competed for the crown of Miss University of Central Florida. Two contestants and the director are a part of our Panhellenic Community. Caitlyn Klauder, a sister of Delta Zeta, was the director of this event and has been a part of it for the past three years. Caitlyn has a passion for events and hopes to build a career in the events industry.
In October, Caitlyn had to interview and audition 30 women and find a group that would be the best representatives of the University of Central Florida’s student body. After choosing 14 women, Caitlyn hosted two hour rehearsals twice a week until the pageant. These rehearsals helped the female contestant prepare for the private interview, opening number, both evening and fitness walks, on stage question, and platform statement.
Hanna Moran, a sister of Kappa Delta, was a contestant that won Best Interview out of all of the women. Hanna is a nursing major from Jacksonville. For her talent, she performed “At Last” by Etta James. For her platform, Hanna chose to speak about her own platform, Hanna’s Helping Hands. In the future Hanna plans to obtain her BSN from the University of Central Florida and hopes to one day become a pediatric nurse so her love for giving back to children will continue on.
Anna Huynh is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi and was crowned Miss University of Central Florida. She is currently a nursing student with the hopes becoming a pediatric nurse. Her genuine kindness and grace goes beyond the pageant stage, for she is currently serving as the Family and Hospitals Captain for UCF’s Dance Marathon: Knight-Thon, where she serves as a liaison between Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and students at UCF. One of her main reasons for competing was to represent the university and to serve in whatever capacity that she could. Miss UCF is a megaphone to go back into the community and to give young women the confidence that they need to be leaders in their community, to encourage them to work hard, and to give them the financial resources they need to learn how to budget for higher education and apply for scholarships. Another aspect of her social initiative platform is her faith blog called She is Made New.
As a girl who struggled with finding her purpose in life, lived a life full of destructive comparison, and constantly lived a life towards things that didn’t matter - a blog like this to show her practical ways to grow in her faith would have been super helpful growing up. She is excited to make the most out of her year by zig-zagging her way around the city of Orlando to serve and reassure others of their potential to be leaders too. She wants to thank the sisters of Alpha Delta Pi for their endless love, support, and prayers over the last few months. Anna said “My ADPi sisters have been some of my biggest cheerleaders and I’m so thankful for their encouragement. It truly has been overwhelming, but it was a true honor to represent these group of women.”
The Panhellenic Community was well represented at the Miss UCF pageant and we are honored to have so many philanthropic, dedicated, and passionate leaders within our community. Anna, we are so excited to see all the people that you inspire and impact this year as Miss University of Central Florida! GO KNIGHTS!