Emily Wikle named 2014-15 Miss Ole Miss after run-off

Posted on Oct 14 2014 - 9:52am by Maggie McDaniel

Emily Wikle reacts after being named Miss Ole Miss during a ceremony at the student union in Oxford, Miss., Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (Photo/Thomas Graning)

The Associated Student Body announced Emily Wikle as 2014-2015 Miss Ole Miss Monday after last week’s run-off election.

“I am the luckiest person in the world,” Wikle said after the results were announced. “I am so happy to be able to serve the university in this capacity and pick a philanthropy with Rob (Barber).”

Wikle said she was very thankful for the overwhelming support she received through the extended campaign process.

“I am so blessed and life truly is good here at the university,” she said. “I could not  have done it without friends, family and all my sisters.”

Wikle won the title over opponent Ryan Henry who was disqualified after being found in violation of the ASB Code and Constitution.

After a violations hearing held Sunday, the ASB Elections Review Board voted 8-6 that campaign representatives of Henry were found in violation of an ASB code that states, “Any attempt by a candidate or campaign representative to coerce, bribe, intimidate or force a person to vote shall result in immediate disqualification.”

The final number of votes and the voting percentages were not released. ASB Attorney General Kelly Savage said because of the disqualification, the numbers were considered irrelevant.

“The vote tallies have been deemed invalid, because one of the two remaining candidates was disqualified and no longer eligible,” Savage said.

Maggie McDaniel