Samantha Voegle of Alpha Chi Omega was crowed the Pi Kappa Phi Rose Queen at the annual War of Roses talent show in front of more than 500 people.
The queen crowing came at the end nearly two weeks of events by eight sororities. Events included a dodgeball tournament on Feb. 16, an empathy dinner on Feb. 23 and the Feb. 27 talent show in Loeb Playhouse. Other factors in earning the crown included sheet sign, ticket sales and fundraising competition.
“This year’s War of Roses came right down to the wire,” said Alex Tunney, chapter Ability Experience chairman. “There were multiple sororities that had a shot at winning going into the talent show.”
Pi Kappa Phi’s Nick Kennedy and Adam Cseh acted as co-hosts for the talent show that included a variety of acts from twirling, dancing, singing and improv.
“The talent show went very well, it was difficult at times to focus on managing the chaos backstage without stopping to watch the breathtaking talents on stage,” Tunney said.
In the end, more than $6,000 was raised for people with disabilities and the fraternity’s national philanthropic effort with The Ability Experience (www.abilityexperience.org).
“I’d like to especially thank everyone who participated this year,” Tunney said. “It was a pleasure to work with both the contestants and coaches throughout the last month.”
Participating sororities included: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Zeta, Gamma Phi Beta, Phi Mu and Zeta Tau Alpha.
Winners of the various components that lead to the Rose Queen include:
• Alpha Chi Omega, dodgeball champion; runners-up Delta Delta Delta and Phi Mu
• Delta Delta Delta, sheet sign competition; runners-up Gamma Phi Beta and Alpha Chi Omega
• Delta Zeta, ticket sales; runners-up Delta Delta Delta and Alpha Chi Omega
• Gamma Phi Beta, t-shirt sales; runners-up Delta Delta Delta and Delta Zeta
• Gamma Phi Beta, fundraising; runners-up Delta Delta Delta and Delta Zeta
• Phi Mu, talent show; runners-up Alpha Chi Omega and Alpha Xi Delta
• Samantha Voegle, Alpha Chi Omega, Rose Queen; runners-up Delta Delta Delta and Gamma Phi Beta.