Students vie for crown


Corley Auditorium, located in Webster Hall, will soon play host to Mr. International, an all- male pageant that will feature students from Missouri Southern, Crowder College and Pittsburg State University.

The pageant is complete with the usual categories, including evening wear, costume, talent and interview.  

“It’s always fun to see their personalities come out, ” Kelsey Jensen, student worker for the International English Program said. 

It’s been almost two years since the last Mr. International was held, and Jensen hopes participants   enjoy the night and each other’s company.

Students from Germany, China, and Saudia Arabia have shown interest in Mr. International and will walk away with more than just a prize at the end of the night. 

“In American culture, we very much put an emphasis on how you dress and with this competition we definitely want to go away from that. It’s about personality, confidence and having fun on stage,” Jensen said. 

The pageant will place the top five, with the contestants judged on Best Smile, Mr. Congeniality and Best Personality.  

“A lot of people will leave with an award that night, ” she said.  

If all goes well, a Ms. International pageant could be held. 

“We were lacking fun [constructive] group activities, so why not the pageant?,” Jensen said. “The overall winner will be kind, great stage presence, and show personality.”

The hope is for  the contestants and audience have fun, kick back and enjoy the night and walk away with the message that looks aren’t everything, it’s who you are that counts. 

 “Some [entrants] are petrified looking, others are wondering what’ll be like,” she said. 

The pageant will be held at 7 p.m., on Oct. 20 in Corley Auditorium. The deadline to enter is Oct. 13. 

While Jensen admits it’s stressful and time-consuming, she says there’s no denying how much she’s enjoyed it. 

“I would definitely like to see it become a yearly thing,” she said.