Story by Megan Hartman
With the annual Miss Gardner-Webb University Pageant rapidly approaching, staff photographer Megan Hartman took the time to meet with all the contestants and learn a little more about them.
First up is Noemi Pascual, a sophomore transfer student originally from Lajcholaj, Guatemala, who is competing in the pageant for the first time.
What motivated you to participate in the Miss GWU Pageant?
I wasn’t able to [be on] track and field this semester, [so] I needed something to do. I love being active. When I was in high school I used to think I was so ugly, until I went to counseling [and then] I started to believe that I am beautiful, just like all girls are.
What do you think makes you a good contestant?
Having been born in Guatemala, I feel like I offer a different and unique perspective. Until I came to America, I was unfamiliar with beauty pageants and now in college, this is a great opportunity for me to participate, have this new experience and really feel beautiful.
What has been your favorite part of the pageant process so far?
Modeling for my pictures.
What talent are you planning on showcasing during the pageant?
My journey skit crossing the desert to America when I was 14 years old.
What are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward to dressing up and modeling on stage.
Check back with us to meet a new Miss GWU Candidate each day leading up to the pageant! The pageant will take place in the Dover Theatre, on April 2, at 3:00 p.m.