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Scripps faculty members take top honors in annual benefit pageant

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Scripps faculty members take top honors in annual benefit pageant (PHOTOS)
By McKenzie Powell; Photos by Robin Hecker

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]hio University faculty and staff braved the bright lights and conquered the Baker University Center Ballroom stage to reveal their most interesting, funky and entertaining talents during the sixth annual Ava Nichols’ Faculty Pageant.

Hosted by Ohio University’s chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, this year’s pageant was held Feb. 25 and featured eight OHIO employees, all of whom competed not only for the evening’s coveted winner’s tiara but, more importantly, to raise funds for charity.

Alpha Phi Omega began the pageant six years ago in honor of Ava Nichols, a 4-year-old girl who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. While Ava lost her battle with cancer in March 2012, her loving spirit continues to be remembered through the annual Ava Nichols’ Faculty Pageant. This year’s pageant benefited Camp Quality Ohio, an exciting, non-profit summer camp experience that assists children with cancer and their family members.

This year’s pageant featured contestants competing in three rounds, which included an unforgettable talent showdown, a sassy strut on the catwalk for the formal wear round, and a question-and-answer session. In the end, it was the two competitors from the Scripps College of Communication who took the evening’s top honors – with Stephanie Tikkanen securing first place and her colleague, Brittany Peterson, coming in a close second.

“We’re professional fountain dancers,” Tikkanen, an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies, said as she walked on stage with a small group of women all clad in white togas and sporting glowing containers of bubbles.

The last talent performance of the evening, the group took first place with a unique dance experience that included bubbles and exaggerated dance movements, all choreographed to Enya’s “Only Time.”

Here are some memorable moments from this year’s Ava Nichols’ Faculty Pageant:

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