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Mr. & Ms. Ithaca: The Confidence Contest

Written by Jennifer Segal

Taylor Palmer, a contestant for Mr. Ithaca. Photo by Lisa Laffend '17

It’s not every day you get to do a full-fledged dance rendition of the evolution of Miley Cyrus on stage in front of an entire audience of Ithaca College students. This sort of thing is reserved for the annual Mr. & Ms. Ithaca Pageant, where seven senior women and seven senior men are nominated by their peers to compete in a pageant featuring spirit, evening wear, and talent.

Contestant John Horan brought a blonde wig, an American flag, and a make-shift wrecking ball on stage for his talent competition, and he danced to Cyrus hits like “Party in the USA” and “Wrecking Ball.” For his creativity—and bravery—he took home the crown.

Spirit Week

The annual tradition of Mr. & Ms. Ithaca has become a staple to kick off Spirit Week, a week full of various campus activities culminating in Alumni Weekend. The show itself is run by seniors, but all members of the student body are invited to attend.

Pure Talent

This year, it was a close competition following the talent portion. The evolution of Miley Cyrus may have been the most memorable part of the show, what with Horan in his patriotic shorts for “Party in the USA,” but he had some fierce competition from the other contestants. The Mr. Ithaca contestants captivated the audience with a range of talents, from original song performances, poetry readings, hula hoop dancing, puppeteering, and jalapeno pepper eating contests. This competition truly represents the diversity of talents and interests of the Ithaca College Senior Class and its pageant contestants.

The Ms. Ithaca contestants wowed in their evening wear, one opting for ’70s  bell-bottoms and a fur vest, and another a sequined prom dress. Excitement in the room was at an all-time high as the Ms. Ithaca contestants displayed their own talents. Senior Liana Casciani played the trumpet, while another contestant proclaimed that singing Taylor Swift songs off-key is a talent itself. The competition for the ladies was just as close, but ultimately Meredith Jones’ routine featuring the different decades of dance captured the votes of the judges.

The Winners

This year featured a panel of judges including the Senior Class advisor, the 2012 Ms. Ithaca winner, and the owner of the Moonshadow Tavern on the Commons. There was also a text-to-vote option for the audience watching. Ultimately, John Horan, a student in the Park School, and Meredith Jones, a student in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, were crowned Mr. and Ms. Ithaca.



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