FLORENCE, S.C. – Lauren Benton of Pamplico was crowned Miss FMU during the annual pageant at Francis Marion University, March 28.
Benton is currently a junior at FMU and is majoring in biology/pre-med with minors in chemistry and general studies. She is on the Dean’s and President’s lists and a member of the National Scholars Honor Society. Benton is also an FMU Student Marshal, a member of the Leadership FMU Advisory Board and Committee and an intern with the Advancing Rural Community Health (ARCH) Program.
She is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Volunteerism Silver Award. She volunteers with the Children’s Miracle Network, Relay for Life, Adopt-A-Family and is a fast-pitch softball coach. In addition, Benton volunteers as a math tutor.
As Miss FMU, Benton will represent the university at a variety of events, including Open House, Freshman Orientation and outreach events in local high schools.
Nikki Driggers, a junior from Cheraw, was named first runner-up. Driggers is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha where she serves as secretary. She is also a member of Ars Medica and the Biology Club and serves as a Student Diplomat and a Student Marshal. She volunteers at the Florence Area Humane Society and Mercy Medicine. She is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry.
Brandi Beckett, a junior from Florence, was named second runner-up and Miss Congeniality. Beckett is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. She is a member of the Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Ars Medica, House of Royal Fashion Show and New You Fitness Group. She volunteers with numerous organizations including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Pee Dee International Festival, Pecan Festival, Pennies for Babies and the March of Dimes.
The Miss FMU Pageant began in 1971 and is held each year. To be involved in next year’s pageant, pick up an application next spring in the Office of Student Affairs located in the Smith University Center, room 205.