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The King and Queen of the Sea

Casey Farmer, from University of Oregon, dazzles the judges during the talent competition with an able display of ribbon-dancing

After a long day of classes, sometimes you just want to host a pageant. The students and staff on the special events committee hosted their third shipboard event last night with a Miss America-style contest to find the “King and Queen of the Sea.”

When students arrive on the MV Explorer, they are split into “seas”—a group of students who live in the same section of the same deck, share the same resident assistant, and foster an intense combativeness with all other seas on the ship. The 9 seas of the Spring 2012 voyage each nominated a male and female candidate for the competition, then showed up in full force to support their hall mates.

The brave 18 students faced a tough row of faculty judges over 4 rounds, including home-made evening wear and joke-telling to professor’s children. It wouldn’t be a shipboard pageant without a nautical-themed Q&A (What would you do if you were captain? Describe your perfect port city) and a wildly entertaining talent portion, including ribbon-dancing, magic tricks, and Barry White karaoke.

Congratulations to Michelle Brandow of Quinnipiac University and Hayden Ford of the University of Rochester, this semester’s Queen and King of the Sea.

Click here to see more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Hayden Ford

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