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Southwest Baptist University Mr. and Mrs. Southwest to be held March 15

group of mr. and mrs. southwest candidatesSouthwest Baptist University will honor one male and one female student at the annual Mr. and Miss Southwest pageant, which takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus.

Eight candidates are nominated by SBU faculty and staff and voted upon by the student body to select a pair of standout students to represent the Bearcat family for the next year. The voting will take place by text message during the pageant, which will include opportunities to learn more about the candidates through everything from introductory videos to talent presentations and question-and-answer sessions.

This year’s candidates are Addison Palmer of Springfield, MO, Emmagrace Shores of Fayetteville, AR, Katie Brittell of York, PA, Maddy Edge of Bolivar, MO, David Nash of Bloomfield, IA, Keegan Kirkpatrick of Fair Grove, MO, Mason Bethards of Bolivar, MO and Max McKinney of Farmington, MO.

The beginnings of the “Miss Southwest” pageant date back to the 1930s, with “Mr. Southwest” being added in 1963. The pageant is part of Bearcat Days, a two-day visit event in which admitted students considering SBU attendance are hosted on campus.

Admission to the pageant is free and open to the public. For more information about Mr. and Miss Southwest, please contact Christina Hardt at