Sarah Jane Houston, a sophomore Psychology major, from Albany, Ga., was crowned as Miss Troy University during the 51st annual pageant at the Troy Campus.
As Miss Troy University, Houston earned a $7,500 scholarship and will serve as an ambassador for the University and will compete for the title of Miss Alabama later this year. Candidates were judged on a private interview, an on-stage conversation, health and fitness, talent and evening gown.
Houston also won the Leslie Holley Talent Award, which included a $250 cash scholarship, for her performance of “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked” during the talent competition. Her social impact platform is “See It. Be It.”
“I am so excited to serve as Miss Troy University 2024,” Houston said. “I have so many exciting things planned for my year of service and cannot wait to hit the ground running. The Miss America Opportunity’s mission is to empower. I believe that we are truly empowered when we all believe that we belong. My hope is that each student at Troy University knows that they are valued here and that their voice matters. I am excited to continue my partnerships I’ve formed with many Troy University organizations, as well as expand our partnerships into the community.”
Taylor Jones, a sophomore Elementary Education major from Rehobeth, was First Runner-Up and won the Evening Gown competition and Miss Congeniality. Grace Shellhouse, a sophomore Political Science major with a Legal Studies minor from Andalusia, was Second Runner-Up. Ashlyn Simpson, a senior Biology major with a Psychology minor from Dothan, also won Miss Congeniality.