Sigma Alpha Epsilon presents 3rd annual Lady SAE Pageant

By Kailee Mathias

The brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon presented the third annual Lady SAE Pageant March 16 in Dodge Hall of Engineering.

There were eight girls competing for the title of Lady SAE, and this year’s theme was Disney Princesses.

The competition consisted of three rounds. The first two were spirit wear and a talent round.

An intermission followed and allowed time for the judges to deliberate.

Sarah Bacon, the winner of Lady SAE 2012, was honored as one of the judges for this competition.

“There were lots of good talents this year,” Bacon said. “My favorite was probably Jenna Schafer’s. She brought her dog and the dog would do tricks for her. It was the cutest thing ever.”

Last year, Bacon’s talent for the contest was bringing in homemade cupcakes she decorated in SAE colors for the judges.

Molly Todd

During the intermission, the pageant featured a performance from Molly Todd, a band that was founded by SAE members Josh Snell, Danny Evola, Jonny Tozzi and Sean Ireland.

Molly Todd was created in the 1980s by Alpha Delta Pi.

“Molly Todd lives on through the music of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. The legend lives on,” said Jake Gilbert, current Molly Todd member and junior at Oakland.

As members graduate, the group adds different members to keep the group going.

Gilbert and Ryan Siluk, senior at Oaklnad, have been in Molly Todd. The group that performed at 2013’s Lady SAE had only been together for nine days. New people were added to the group after members graduated.

The three new members added to the group are, Angelo Grammatico, Ross Herner and Tyler Auclair.

Auclair said he is the first non-SAE member to be in Molly Todd.

The queen is crowned

After the judges narrowed the decision down to five competitors, they moved on to the final round.

This was the formal dress round, and each contestant had to choose a Disney Princess and dress the part.

The five remaining contestants, Anna Petovello, Jenna Schafer, Kayley Meckstroth, Victoria Franso and Ashley Maue, took the stage and answered the final questions of the judges.

As the judges went to select their winner, Molly Todd took the stage again and called their supporters to the front.

“My favorite part of performing was having all my friends in the front and I could actually hear people singing along with us as we were playing. And I crowd surfed, that was pretty rad,” Auclair said.

After the performance the decision was made, and Victoria Franso took home the crown.