And they have a winner.
The title of the 2013 Miss Phi Beta Sigma was given to freshman Khadejah Fleming at The Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., scholarship pageant in the UC Auditorium.
Six young women took to the stage to compete in this year's "2013 Miss Phi Beta Sigma Scholarship Pageant" on Wednesday night. The women showcased a range of talent throughout the night. The contestants ranged from freshmen to seniors and they all brought their own unique qualities to the stage.
The first part of the night started with an introduction of the judges, followed by a group performance with all of the women. Although performing as one, each individual personality was shown during this section of the show. The contestants then moved onward to the swimsuit portion of the show, allowing each contestant to showcase their fashion sense.
A brief intermission was held before the talent portion of the show, and then the ladies returned to show off their skills, personality, and charisma. Shaurisa Bond, a freshman at UT, showed off her dance skills with an interpretive dance to Chris Brown's "Don't Judge Me."
Also dancing, Daria Bortters, a sophomore in psychology, performed to various songs and included a skit with her act.
Allison Joins, a senior in sociology and psychology with a concentration in criminal justice, performed a musical performance using a bass violin.
Latoya Jenkins, freshman in food science and technology, gave a spoken word performance on the struggles of life with her mother while John Legend's song "Motherless Child" played in the background.
Undecided freshman Marquisha Williams showed off her vocal skills with a cover of Adele's "Someone Like You." Last, freshman in communications Khadejah Fleming performed a spoken word poem with a piano as an instrumental component.
The ladies all showcased a broad range of talent during this portion and kept the audience thoroughly entertained.
Kristy Williford, junior in food science with a concentration in pre-med and a double minor in business and nutrition, said her favorite part of the pageant was the talent portion.
"I feel like everyone had a chance to express themselves and everyone did a great job," Williford said.
Following another small intermission, the formal wear part of the show proceeded. The women all showed their glamorous sides as they wowed the crowd in their choice of ball gowns. Each woman brought her own style in this section.
The Q-and-A section of the pageant was intense as each answered a random question drawn from a jar. Ariel Stevens, a senior in recreational and leisure studies, said the pageant was "really well done."
"The contestants all looked really beautiful, they answered (the questions) as best as they could, and the performances were pretty good as well," Stevens said.
And then the moment arrived when Fleming was crowned. Second runner up was freshman Latoya Jenkins and first runner up, Miss Kappa Chi, went to senior Allison Joins.