UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality hosted its fourth annual Mr. and Miss Hospitality Pageant on Thursday. Rosen Life, the college’s event program affiliate, hosted the event from 6 to 8 p.m. in the campus auditorium.
Juniors Matthew Temmer and Cristy Dill took home the titles of Mr. and Miss Hospitality at the end of the night.
“To be recognized as the [Rosen] college’s representative of the ideals of hospitality is truly humbling,” Temmer, 20, said. “Having ‘Mr. Hospitality 2017’ now attached to my name is a remarkable gift that I will take with me for the rest of my life.”
The theme park and attraction hospitality major performed a parody rap of the Broadway musical Hamilton and expressed his gratitude for his mother.
The win was especially gratifying for Dill as she originally didn’t see herself as a business professional in hospitality.
“Being a Rosen student really ensures me every day [that] this is where I belong,” Dill, 21, said. “Being Miss Hospitality really pushed me to rise to the occasion, and I’m so glad I can be the face of hospitality for incoming students and students who don’t know what direction they’re heading toward.”
The audience also chose UCF junior Mikaela Crisp as the “Fan Favorite” after voting with cash and spare coins. All proceeds went toward UCF’s dance competition Knight-Thon to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the greater Orlando area. The big prize of the event was a $350 scholarship sponsored by SGA for the two winners.
The pageant featured 11 competitors with a panel of three judges determining the winner. The contestants participated in three categories: a talent portion, a professional wear fashion show and an interview session. During each section, contestants were given the chance to impress the judges and audience with their wit, charm, talent and of course, hospitality. Performances presented during the designated talent slots revealed the unique personalities of the individual contestants and ranged from dance moves and a rap to a cover of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana.” Contestants then flaunted their best business casual outfits and put their interview skills to the test.
In addition to watching the pageant, audience members entered multiple raffle contests that yielded various prizes, including tickets to WonderWorks and gift cards to Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings. Appearances by Knight-Thon’s morale team and UCF mascot Knightro kept the hype alive throughout the night.
The roles of Mr. and Miss Hospitality exemplify the true meaning behind the Rosen College of Hospitality and spoke of the importance of Rosen’s overall caring and welcoming environment that welcomes those of all backgrounds and interests, according to the judges.
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