Fox Creek senior to appear on MTV

The upcoming Miss Fox Creek Pageant is going to have a substantially larger audience than in previous years.

That's because this year's will be a part of senior Jordan Hysell's appearance on a reality show for MTV. The culmination of the show will be in the pageant on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m., which Hysell is slated to compete in.

The pageant will take place at the Imperial Theatre in Augusta.

"That was one of the big things we did this year was moving the pageant from Grace United Methodist Church's Wesley Center to the Imperial Theatre," Fox Creek principal Dr. Tim Murph said. "By going there we can sell tickets online and through the Imperial Theatre's box office. As an added bonus the audience will be able to purchase reserve seating more similar to a state or national pageant."

The buzz surrounding the television crew is apparent throughout the entire Fox Creek community.

"Everyone has been just talking about it and everyone is like 'Oh, MTV is here I want to be on TV, I want to be on TV,'" Trey Mock, a senior at Fox Creek High School said. "I think it's good publicity for the school, too."

Murph has also seen this as an opportunity to present the school on a national stage.

"We're all very excited about having Fox Creek get some national exposure," he said. "We are a school that prides itself on being strong academically, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to show that nationally. ... As far as students are concerned, they are ecstatic to have MTV, which has a strong reputation and is very popular among the student body. The parents are also receptive and believe that it validates the success that Fox Creek has had."

Donna Leopard, who is the English department chair at Fox Creek and also serves as the pageant's director, believes there is no extra added pressure despite MTV's presence this year.

"Pressure to make this a good show started well before MTV announced that they would be attending our pageant. The MTV show is not about our pageant, but rather how one student prepares for achieving a goal she has had for a long time," she said. "I think I would produce a quality pageant and the contestants would perform exceptionally with or without MTV's involvement. The contestants, performers and I are perfectionists in every way, particularly on stage."

Hysell's coach on the show is the 2011 Miss Texas USA, Ana Rodriguez, who was also named the third runner-up at the 2011 Miss USA.

"Jordan has competed in the pageant every year so far. I was proud of her for taking the initiative to send an audition DVD to a very well respected company like Viacom," Leopard said.

Tickets for the pageant can be purchased at imperialtheatre.com or by calling (706) 722-8341.