ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College junior Jessica Baird was crowned 2010 Homecoming Queen Tuesday evening at DSC Eccles Fine Arts Center Main Stage Theatre. The pageant was held as part of the College’s Centennial Homecoming Week festivities, which continue through Saturday, October 9.
Baird, a physical therapy major from Roy, won a full-tuition scholarship and an opportunity to represent DSC, and compete at the 2011 Miss Utah Pageant next June for a chance to advance to the Miss America Pageant later that year.
Baird, who performed a vocal solo of the Alicia Keys’ hit “Fallin’” during the talent portion of the competition, promoted her platform “Reading Revamped: Encouraging Kids to Love Reading,” which emphasizes the importance of childhood literacy as a pathway to better communities through education.
Pageant hopefuls were judged in physical fitness/swimwear, evening wear and talent areas of the competition, along with the customary onstage question and personal interview portions of the event.
Rounding out the 2010 DSC Homecoming Royalty is first attendant Shanae Vaifanua, a junior communication major and a member of Dixie State’s women’s basketball team from Hurricane, and second attendant Kelby Tyler, a sophomore biology major from St. George. Jessica Derrick, a sophomore elementary education major from Newport News, Va., was named third attendant, while fourth attendant honors went to Mandy Stout, a freshman integrated studies major from Bountiful. Clara LeFevre, a junior elementary education major from San Antonio, Texas, was presented with the Community Service Award, and Jill Dallon, a freshman family and consumer science major from Brigham City, was named Miss Dixie Spirit.