Two Students Crowned “Mr. and Ms. Business”

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Students cheer on Mr. and Ms. Business pageant contestants

CSUF’s Entrepreneurship Society and Phi Beta Lambda held the first annual Mr. and Mrs. Business pageant on Tuesday, March 6. The TSU pavilion was transformed into a pageant arena with a fun twist; instead of flaunting swimwear, the contestants strutted down the catwalk in their professional business attire.

Contestants performed in front of a panel of judges from diverse backgrounds and professional experiences including two representatives from JCPenney.

The pageant highlighted the ‘dos and don’ts’ of business professional wear and the importance of making a good first impression. Contestants showcased their talents, ability to answer impromptu interview questions, and their examples of appropriate and inappropriate work attire. The judges really challenged participation with interview questions that meant to test how they dealt with being under pressure.


Many of the attendees suited up for the semi-formal event with huge amounts of enthusiasm (and sugar highs) as they cheered on contestants while curbing their sweet tooth cravings at a snack bar. During intermission, attendees also took advantage of the photo station and captured fun moments with friends.

After an entertaining talent portion that included singing, dancing, and playing the piano, the judges crowned Sam Cisneros and Yvonne T. Nguyen as the Mr. and Ms. Business pageant winners.

The poised Miss Business winner, Yvonne Nguyen, admits she had less than a day to prepare since she was actually a last minute contestant. Nguyen was contacted by one of the coordinators the day before the pageant after a contestant pulled out from the competition.

“At first I was very hesitant because I didn’t practice nor did I have a talent ready,” said Nguyen.

Since she really had nothing to lose, Nguyen took the plunge and committed to the pageant competition. Without risk there is no reward. For Yvonne Nguyen, her risk garnered an unexpected yet positive reward in the end.

You never know what you’re capable of doing until you get out of your comfort zone. Don’t let your own doubt and fear become your own worst enemy. Nguyen surprised herself, “I didn’t think I would be so comfortable, calm or had lots of fun as I did during the pageant,” said Nguyen.

Her fearlessness paid off, as she realized that she had nothing to lose and everything to gain as long as she tried.

Sam Cisneros and Yvonne T. Nguyen - Business Pageant Winners

Sam Cisneros and Yvonne T. Nguyen – Mr. and Ms. Business Pageant Winners

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