Ip crowned Miss Paragon at UWA

Published 4:50 pm Thursday, May 16, 2013

LIVINGSTON — Paige Ip of Meridian, Miss., was crowned 2013 Miss Paragon in Bibb Graves Auditorium on April 16.

The freshman pre-medical major is the daughter of Kim and James Pearsell of Meridian. The pageant is sponsored by the Blue Key Honor Society at the University of West Alabama.

She was crowned by Miss Paragon 2012 Erica Quigley. Ip says it is a blessing to receive this title.

 CUTLINE: 2012 Miss Paragon Erica Quigley crowns 2013 Miss Paragon Paige Ip.

CUTLINE: 2012 Miss Paragon Erica Quigley crowns 2013 Miss Paragon Paige Ip.

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“The pageant was such a great experience, and I am beyond honored to represent the University of West Alabama as Miss Paragon,” Ip said. “The group of girls that I had the privilege of walking on the stage with is truly one of the most gorgeous groups I have ever seen. All the contestants have a light that shines brightly and their beauty definitely goes way deeper than their make-up.”

The top 12 ladies chosen are named UWA’s Loveliest. The top 12 included: Ciara McIntyre of Dixons Mills; Kristen Tyson of Butler; Tamara Stacey of Selma; Ambreka Smith of Aliceville; Hope Shirely of Arab; Davida Robinson of Wagarville; Ip of Meridian; Miranda Luker of Butler; Erin Jimerson of Butler;Libby Hankins of Gordo; Brittney Daniels of Millry; and Taylor Armstrong of York.

Blue Key Fraternity President Jeremy Sheffield served as an emcee for the event along with Erica Quigley, Miss Paragon 2012. Entertainment for the event was provided by Tiger Idol Contestants Nia Austin, Sharlie Brooks and Nicole Siggers. Tiger Idol winner, Siggers, was chosen via text live from the pageant.

Blue Key is a national leadership honor society that recognizes men and women for leadership in extra-curricular and academic affairs. The Miss Paragon pageant raises money for the Blue Key emergency fund used to help students who cannot afford books.