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Theta Xi Hosts Annual Ms. Monmouth Fundraiser

Jenn Carter of Delta Phi Epsilon Named Ms. Monmouth


Theta Xi Fraternity held their annual Ms. Monmouth competition on April 3 at 10:00 pm in Pollak Theater.

Ms. Monmouth is an annual pageant that Theta Xi hosts every spring semester, which crowns  the top three competitors. All proceeds of the event went to the two philanthropies Theta Xi is working with, Multiple Sclerosis and Habitat for Humanity.

In third place was Naomi Ovadia, in second place was Catarina Kneer, and in first place was the new Ms. Monmouth, Jenn Carter.

Matt Leonardis, senior in Theta Xi, and Sofia Mandia, sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, hosted the event. Joe Koenig, senior in Theta Xi, provided music throughout the entire show including before the event started and during the intermission.

Former president of Theta Xi, junior Joe Nardini said, “We love hosting this event. The contestants have a lot of fun with it and it’s for a good cause. We had a great turn out this year and the audience seemed to really enjoy themselves. A lot of work went into putting this together, so I’m happy it was successful.”

Five judges were selected to give their opinion during the show and eventually pick the top three girls. The judges were Bernie Ianucci of Phi Kappa Psi, Brian Taveras of Sigma Pi, Eric Burke of Theta Xi, Vin Vento of Tau Kappa Epsilon and reigning Ms. Monmouth Taylor Glynn. After each round of questions for the contestants, the hosts would let each judge give their opinion on the answers and how the contestants were doing.

There were 12 girls competing to be crowned Ms. Monmouth. These girls included freshman Sarah Reiss, sophomore Ellyn Shaw of Phi Sigma Sigma, senior Naomi Ovadia, freshman Amanda Caruso of Zeta Tau Alpha, freshman Catarina Kneer of Phi Sigma Sigma, Ashley Supa from the cheerleading team, sophomore Jenn Carter of Delta Phi Epsilon, Ashley Piscapo of Zeta Tau Alpha, Michelle Witzel of Alpha Omicron Pi, sophomore Amanda Figurelli of Phi Sigma Sigma, sophomore Maria Marinaro of Delta Phi Epsilon, and senior Shelby Goldman of Zeta Tau Alpha.

There were three rounds throughout the show. The rounds included casual wear, formal wear and beachwear. The contestants dressed accordingly and were given questions each round to show their personality. Each contestant was escorted by one of the Theta Xi brothers on stage for each round.

The third place winner received $50 to Beach Bum Tanning, $20 to Nelly’s, $5 to Surf Taco and a Surf Taco snap-back hat. The second place winner received $79 to Beach Bum Tanning, $25 to Nelly’s, $5 to Surf Taco and a Surf Taco snap-back hat. The first place winner received $110 to Beach Bum Tanning, $30 to Nelly’s, $5 to JR’s West End, $12 to Nails Unlimited, $25 to Bagel Guys, $5 to Surf Taco and a Surf Taco snap-back hat.

This year’s Ms. Monmouth, Carter said, “I just did Ms. Monmouth to have some fun. Winning was just an added bonus. It’s a great event and it is fun to do knowing that the money is going to a good cause. The brothers of Theta Xi did a great job putting it together.”

PHOTO COURTESY of Danielle Ferris

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