SGA president Morgan Long and former Miss Troy Kayla Mitchell crowned sophomore Eden Hipps as Miss Troy University on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Hipps is a sophomore accounting major from Troy. She emerged from a field of 11 candidates for the title of Miss Troy University. She will now compete in the Miss Alabama pageant in June 2020.
“At first, I was so shocked because there were so many deserving girls I was competing against,” Hipps said. “I am so ready to get this year started as Miss Troy University. Winning Miss TROY means that I have a lot of work ahead of me. Between preparing for Miss Alabama and being involved around town, this will be such a busy year, but I could not be more excited.”
The Miss Troy University pageant consists of a 10-minute interview before a panel of judges, an on-stage question, talent and a social impact statement during evening wear. Candidates also participate in an un-judged opening number and finale.
Caylee Sanders finished as the first runner up and won Miss Congeniality, while Emilee Jenkins won the People’s Choice.
In addition to participating in the Miss Alabama pageant, Hipps will act as the official host of Troy University and will work to highlight her high-impact initiative during the year leading up to Miss Alabama.
Her high-impact initiative is “The Significance of the Little Red Heart,” advocating for organ donations.
Hipps also received a $250 talent award scholarship, given in honor of Leslie Holley by her mother, Roni Holley.
The Miss Alabama pageant will be held in June, when Hipps will represent Troy University, and the winner of Miss Alabama will go on to the Miss America pageant.