B.M.O.C.: Best Manes On Campus
Colleges and universities, we're told, are all about getting an education. But let's be honest - they're also places for admiring women whose hairstyles are blossoming into their prime, and are well-prepared for a long day of studies and activities.
We believe some of the greatest heads of hair can be found on campuses, so this area is dedicated to locating and displaying them. We want your nominations of the "best manes," perhaps at the college in your town or the one you attend. (And trust us from experience: the best styles do not always belong to the cheerleaders.)
CENTENARY: WHITNEY DAUGHERTY.
A first-year gymnast from the Atlanta area went to Louisiana, and won a seven-way battle for supremacy. She beat swimmer and opening-week leader Ally Gann in the final 16-8, and was praised for hair which "looks very soft." [Updated 5/31/7]
(Third through seventh place: Cara Miccoli, Chloe' Mims tied; Katy Marino, Holli Wilkins tied; Alysha Wallace.)
FORDHAM: EMILIE STEWART.
This freshman not only plays volleyball, but she models fashions on runways -- and if you look carefully, you might even see her in the background in the movie Minority Report. She emerged from a six-way race which was very tight for awhile, defeating Kate Nelson 20-7 in the final. [Updated 4/28/7]
(Third through sixth place: Lisa Carrol, Caitlin Napoli, Beth Troutt all tied; Stephanie Mott.)
PORTLAND STATE: KIMBERLY SCHUSTER.
This senior is a jazz dancer, who's competed in local pageants. But we first noticed these strong shoulder-length waves through her volunteer work with an international charity called "LifeNets." [Posted 3/21/7]
TEXAS A&M: KELLY WILMOTH.
This junior plays soccer defense, has cross-country running speed from her high school days, and displays a daring long look for a notoriously wind-blown area. She may have great hair genetics, as we understand her mother and aunt had first-class styles when they were in college. [Posted 3/8/7]
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: MARY OCHMANEK.
A Hair Fan recommends this senior, who's been called online the "emotional leader" of her volleyball team. She's nearly perfect in her accounting courses, "and her hair is just as great." If someone has a picture of this promising style unpinned, please let us know -- so we can truly see the final sum. [Posted 2/19/7]
TEXAS: MEGAN WILLIS.
Returning for a second year, the senior softball catcher apparently has returned to the blonde shade she used to show. That combined with seemingly stronger hold helped her do what few collegians have done - claim two 2006 Crown Award nominations. [Posted 2/4/7]
NORTH CAROLINA STATE: MELISSA JAMERINO.
She brought a 4.0 grade point average and a "most athletic" title to college from Michigan. Now this senior is a speedster in freestyle swimming, a major in biology, and smart enough to straighten out natural waves into an inviting style. She impressed us enough to make a Raleigh City League field. [Posted 1/21/7]
AUBURN: KRISTA KLUMPP.
This senior communications major was nominated by a Hair Fan in her home area. She's won two local-level pageants leading to Miss Alabama, and her babyfine long hair is tested often as a Sports Illustrated-honored cheerleader. She's found ways to escape every close call we've found online. [Posted 1/8/7]
DUKE: ASHLEY SALVINO.
We found six outstanding styles here, and could have argued for any of them as the best. Hair Fan voting came down to a battle of pole vaulters, both from the Pacific Northwest -- and a sophomore record holder from Oregon with a thick sidepart soared higher in the one-week final, topping Lara Jones 9-5. [Final 12/26/6)
(Third through sixth place: Regan Bosch, Jenny Shull tied; Sara Brandt, Jackie Rodriguez tied.)
MEMPHIS: KATE MURPHY.
Hair Fans who prefer "athletes over anchors" (in the words of one commenter) made this sophomore soccer defender an impressive third in the local City League competition. We suspect her hair has grown so long because her home town is Anchorage, Alaska. [Posted 11/15/6]
LOUISIANA-MONROE: LINDSEY TAYLOR.
A senior who's made the honor roll in psychology and is a top outfielder on the softball team. Add long thick hair to that brainy athletic mix, and it's no wonder she outlasted Giovanna Arrondo in the final round of a four-way fight 12-8. [Posted 11/2/6]
(Third place: Amanda Bartlett, Leslie Langford tied.)
INDIANA: MEGAN MARTZ.
This senior sorority member has gained national attention for her cheerleading. She was a finalist for Athlon Sports cheerleader of the year, made the cover of American Cheerleader magazine as we posted this, and was praised for long loose blonde locks from a Hair Fan based two time zones away from Indiana. [Posted 10/1/6]
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (TN): LAUREN AMUNDSON.
We had a first-ever five-way fight for the campus title, and the battle for the lead seemed to change every week. But it finally went to a senior who was a high school valedictorian, then became a business major who plays both volleyball and tennis and served as sorority treasurer. Her combination of brains, athleticism and hair beauty gained her the final round win over Hannah Shackelford 18-16. (But note the hair is trimmed a bit for this updated senior photo, as opposed to what we first posted from her junior year.)
(Third through fifth place: Lori Stewart, Angela Papachristou, Bridget Buckley. [Final 9/24/6]
Prior BMOC seasons: 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04
If you see a great style on a campus, nominate it by writing us: SuperHair@Gmail.com . Please specify this is a "B.M.O.C." nomination. It will help if you can submit a photo; we prefer .jpg attachments.
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