Valencia and Jackson Crowned Mr. and Ms. University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE- Efrain Valencia, a junior business management major from Louisburg and Amber Jackson a junior religion major from Roper have been named 2011 Mr. and Ms. University of Mount Olive.
Ten contestants competed in interview, casual wear, talent and formal wear categories for this year’s scholarship pageant.  Valencia and Jackson each received a $500 scholarship along with additional prizes from area businesses.  The 1st Runners Up each received a $200 scholarship and a trophy.  The Most Talented contestants each received a $100 scholarship.
The 1st Runner-Up for Mr. MOC was Trevor Gaskins of Ernul.   Kimberly Ramirez of Leland was chosen 1st Runner Up for Ms. MOC. Mr. and Ms. Congeniality went to Chris Matthews of Goldsboro and Maricela Ortiz of Kenly.  Sarah Taylor of Kenly was named Most Talented for the females. Valencia was named most talented for the males.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit