Oklahoma State University’s International Student Organization hosted the annual Mr. and Ms. International pageant Nov. 15. Ten students, who have come to OSU from across the world, competed in the annual competition which aims to highlight the diversity at OSU.
“The pageant is not just about competing with others; it is for students to proudly show their cultures and put all their efforts on giving traditional performances,” said Houlin Bao, public relations officer for the International Student Organization. “I really appreciate their efforts and every contestant deserves the utmost respect.”
The nations represented this year were: China, Ecuador, India, Iran, Mexico and Sri Lanka.
After the opening walk and introduction the contestants participated in a talent round and a question-and-answer round.
Ashish Kumar Pampana, Mr. India and Maria Sol Ramirez Saenz, Ms. Mexico, won the titles and a $500 award.
Pampana represents the Indian Student Association and is pursuing his master’s degree in civil engineering. Saenz represents the Latin American Student Association and is a doctoral student in the geography department.
Nicolas Javier Lopez Guerra, Mr. Ecuador and Parisa Sahraeian, Ms. Iran, were named runner-ups and each was awarded $250.
The International Student Organization represents over 1,700 students from more than 100 countries and strives to promote cultural exchanges between international students, American students and the Stillwater community. It hosts eight events throughout the year, including the Mr. and Ms. International pageant.
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