First Hispanic student wins Miss Brenau scholarship

First Hispanic student wins Miss Brenau scholarship
Top, 2012 Miss Brenau Amanda Bonilla. Bottom, from left, Banks, Bonilla, Ryals, West and Walls.

Amanda Bonilla, a dance studies major from Lawrenceville, Ga., on Feb. 4 became the first Hispanic student to win the “Miss Brenau” scholarship competition. Bonilla, who plans to dance, teach and serve as a community youth leader, performed two self-choreographed jazz and hip-hop dance routines.

Ten other first-year students in the Women´s College vied for the title and its $3,000 scholarship with essays on the “Brenau Ideal,” a talent competition, and personal interviews. Contestants are ranked according to their intelligence, poise, community spirit, compassion, stage presence, and “serene confidence in the limitless reaches of human endeavor,” said adviser Debbie Thompson, quoting from the Brenau Ideal.

Other winners included first runner up Byronica Banks from Irmo, S.C., second runner up Precious West from Tucker, Ga., third runner up- Amy Walls from Braselton, Ga., and fourth runner up Meagan Ryals, from Savannah, Ga.

Bonilla and Banks dominated the judging categories with Bonilla winning for best talent and best interview and Banks winning best essay and most devoted categories. Taylor Cassell from Dahlonega, Ga., was named Miss Congeniality.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012