While Miss Freshman is the most coveted position among female freshmen in the SGA, representation for the men of the freshmen class is a matter that’s settled through pageantry. While this role isn’t necessarily the same in mechanics as that of Miss Freshmen, it’s been a tradition in the Court for years for there to be someone to assist Miss Freshman with decisions regarding events for the class and in making Southern University generally a better place.
The Mr. Freshman Pageant is an annual event that takes place as apart of Freshmore Week, where the freshman and sophomore cabinets collab and host a week of events for the students of Southern University. The pageant is similar to other pageants that the schools hosts, like Mr. Association for Women Students, or Miss Men’s Federation.
While he does work closely with Miss Freshmen, Mr. Freshman is not a part of SGA and does not take the SGA test. The purpose of the Mr. Freshman Pageant is for the male freshman students to be able to have exposure and showcase their talents, style, personality, and charisma.
Ideally, the winner can collab with Miss Freshman, Dominique Taylor, to host their own events, but in general, the pageant is just for fun.
“As Miss Freshman, it means a lot to me and is so special that I get to have a King of my age/classification even though he will not be a part of SGA. Southern’s pageants are always a lot of fun and out of all of the contestants, I would be happy with whoever takes the crown!” said Dominique Taylor, Miss Freshman of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Last year’s Mr. Freshman was Trelin Gradney, who is now a sophomore mass communication major with a concentration in public relations has been working closely with Dominique throughout the year to give her an idea of what to expect from the incumbent Mr Freshmen, as well putting on a good show for the student body who follows pageant season closely.
The Pageant will be held February 5, 2020 in the University’s event Center at 7:00 pm. Categories include an open showcase, swimwear category, a talent portion and a formal attire. While there will be a multitude of participants for this year’s pageant, only one will be able to sit next to Domonique as this year’s Mr Freshman.
When asked her thoughts on this year’s pool of contestants, Taylor said, “This pageant is definitely something you won’t want to miss. Every contestant is absolutely amazing and talented. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.”