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Gardendale's Rachel Haynes crowned Miss Birmingham-Southern 2002

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Rachel Haynes of Gardendale is Miss Birmingham-Southern College 2002.

The freshman dance major was crowned following talent and eveningwear competitions Saturday night, Dec. 1, in the BSC Theatre. The 14 contestants also participated in swimsuit and interview competitions earlier in the day.

Miss BSC 2001 Jennifer Bashaw, a senior psychology major from Empire, crowned Haynes.

Haynes performed ballet en pointe to "Esmeralda" to win the talent competition. Her platform is "Dying to be Thin," which helps educate the public about eating disorders.

Sunday Vanderver, a junior political science major from Remlap, was first runner-up to Miss BSC 2002. Her platform was "Make A Wish Foundation," while her talent was a flute solo, "The Carnival of Venice."

The other runner-ups included Kathryn Stewart Stokes, a freshman pre-medicine major from Huntsville, second runner-up; Michelle Downing, a sophomore computer science major from Dothan, third runner-up; and Jamie Box, a junior biology-psychology major from Winfield, fourth runner-up.

Resha Riggins Miles, Miss Alabama 1990 and winner of the 1991 Miss America Interview Award, was the pageant host.

The Miss BSC Pageant is an official preliminary competition for the Miss Alabama Pageant scheduled for next June. Haynes will compete to become the 22nd Miss BSC since 1938 to also be crowned Miss Alabama

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