McKenzie Gay, the reigning Miss Southern Union, will crown a new Miss Southern Union on Jan. 20 in Brazeal Auditorium on Southern Union’s Wadley Campus.

The Miss Southern Union pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss Alabama/Miss America Pageant. Candidates for the title are judged in private interview, talent, onstage question and evening wear. In addition to each of the judged categories, contestants must select a social initiative, or topic in which they are currently involved or about which they feel strongly, such as a form of community service.

The Miss Southern Union Pageant is open to SUSCC students who are enrolled full-time. The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is $5 at the door. For more information about the pageant or to book an appearance by Miss Southern Union, contact Shondae Brown, pageant director, at 256-395-2211.