Feb 27, 2014
From staff reports; Photos by Elizabeth Held
That was Marc Barr’s reaction to winning the fifth annual Ava Nichols’ Faculty Pageant, held Tuesday night in the Baker University Center Ballroom.
Barr, an instructor in the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, and his company of glow stick dancers defeated six other Ohio University faculty members and administrators to win the crown at this year’s event, hosted by OHIO’s chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.
Alpha Phi Omega started the faculty pageant five years ago to raise funds for Ava Nichols, who was 4 years old when she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and who passed away in March 2012. Nichols’ family attended Tuesday night’s pageant, a benefit for Camp Quality Ohio, a non-profit organization based in Akron that serves children with cancer and their families by providing a summer camping experience, year-round programs and support, all at no cost. According to event organizers, Alpha Phi Omega has raised more than $3,300 for Camp Quality Ohio through the faculty pageant and other fundraising efforts this year.
Contestants at this year’s faculty pageant braved it through three rounds of judging, walking the catwalk during the formal wear round, showing their skills outside the world of academia during the talent portion of the competition, and giving those in attendance some personal insight during the question-and-answer session.
Here are some memorable moments from Tuesday’s event: