Phi Mu member Nancy Peck participated in the Miss Southeastern pageant Oct. 24, winning the titles of First Runner Up, People’s Choice, Evening Gown and Miracle Maker.
Six girls, including Peck, competed in the pageant Saturday night in Pottle auditorium. The Miss Southeastern Louisiana University Pageant is a preliminary competition, as part of the Miss Louisiana and Miss America Organization.
“The pageant offered several scholarships,” said Peck, a junior communication major. “In addition to the titles I received, I have also been awarded a semester’s tuition.”
Peck’s pageant campaign focused on raising awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
“To reach my audience and gain a platform, I just continuously spread the word about CMNH and told people about what the hospitals do, where the funds go and collected donations that way,” she said.
“I have been competing in pageants almost my entire life,” Peck said. “But what attracted me to this competition was the ability to become an ambassador to the university and to promote my volunteerism platform in addition to Miss America’s national platform, CMNH.”
Peck is Phi Mu’s Philanthropy Director. She coordinates philanthropy events and is an activist for the sorority’s philanthropy, CMNH.
“Since becoming a member of Phi Mu, I had already been extremely active with CMNH, so I wanted to make that known upon entering the competition,” said Peck. “I just truly love what the hospitals do for their patients and their patient’s families. I love children, too.”
Peck’s Phi Mu sisters attended the pageant for support and encouragement.
Family and consumer science junior and Phi Mu Jessica Bass said, “I support Nancy with everything that she does. I love how she got involved with this pageant for the right reasons. She wants to make a difference in this world, and I am so proud of her for that and everything that she has done.”
Phi Mu member and sophomore communication major Katie Johnson agrees. “She represents our philanthropy so well and in so many ways,” she said. “I look up to her as a sister and friend. There is nothing Nancy can’t do.”