OBSERVER NEWS

Photo Essay: Mr. and Ms. SAIS

SAIS Observer’s Photographer Sarah Rashid captured great moments during the 2014 “Mr. and Ms. SAIS” contest. For three hours on Saturday, April 5th, Kenney Auditorium echoed with diverse talents of eight SAISers who dabbled in singing, rapping, dancing, parody, and cultural duets. After introductions and performances, each contestant answered a series of questions of why they deserve the crown.

Rob Tenorio is introduced to the audience during the 2014 Mr. and Ms. SAIS pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Rob Tenorio is introduced to the audience during the 2014 Mr. and Ms. SAIS pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Kate Maxwell performs Celine Dion's “It's All Coming Back to Me Now” during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Kate Maxwell performs Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Joe Geni sings during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Joe Geni sings during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Seethal Kumar performs an Indian and hip hop inspired dance during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Seethal Kumar performs an Indian and hip hop inspired dance during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi performs a “Thai-inspired” cooking and dancing show during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi performs a “Thai-inspired” cooking and dancing show during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Rob Tenorio raps about SAIS during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Rob Tenorio raps about SAIS during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Gian Gozum plays the trumpet and sings during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Gian Gozum plays the trumpet and sings during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Jing Jing Zhou dances during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Jing Jing Zhou dances during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Jing Jing Zhou dances during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Jing Jing Zhou dances during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Ahmet Cinar plays the oud and sings a Turkish song during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

Ahmet Cinar plays the oud and sings a Turkish song during the talent portion of the pageant. (Sarah Rashid)

The female contestants react to the judges' “would you rather...” questions. (Sarah Rashid)

The female contestants react to the judges’ “would you rather…” questions. (Sarah Rashid)

The male contestants answer the judges' questions. (Sarah Rashid)

The male contestants answer the judges’ questions. (Sarah Rashid)

The coveted Mr. and Ms. SAIS crowns. (Sarah Rashid)

The coveted Mr. and Ms. SAIS crowns. (Sarah Rashid)

Hosts Marco Sanchez Junco and Ellen Wong congratulate the contestants before announcing 2014 Mr. and Ms. SAIS. (Sarah Rashid)

Hosts Marco Sanchez Junco and Ellen Wong congratulate the contestants before announcing 2014 Mr. and Ms. SAIS. (Sarah Rashid)

Host Marco Sanchez Junco crowns 2014 Ms. SAIS, Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi. (Sarah Rashid)

Host Marco Sanchez Junco crowns 2014 Ms. SAIS, Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi. (Sarah Rashid)

2014 Mr. SAIS winner Ahmet Cinar congratulates 2014 Ms. SAIS winner Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi. (Sarah Rashid)

2014 Mr. SAIS winner Ahmet Cinar congratulates 2014 Ms. SAIS winner Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi. (Sarah Rashid)

2014 Mr and Ms SAIS, Ahmet Cinar and Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi. (Sarah Rashid)

2014 Mr and Ms SAIS, Ahmet Cinar and Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi. (Sarah Rashid)

The evening's contestants (left to right): Joe Geni ,Kate Maxwell, Rob Tenorio, Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi, Ahmet Cinar, Seethal Kumar, Jing Jing Zhou, and Gian Gozum. (Sarah Rashid)

The evening’s contestants (left to right): Joe Geni ,Kate Maxwell, Rob Tenorio, Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi, Ahmet Cinar, Seethal Kumar, Jing Jing Zhou, and Gian Gozum. (Sarah Rashid)

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