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The president of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Dr. Randy O’Rear, has selected Chase Riggs to play Jesus in the school’s 2013 Easter pageant. Each year, Dr. O’Rear chooses an outstanding student for the honor of portraying Jesus. This casting is based less on acting ability than on a strong Christian faith and attitude.

Riggs is a 2009 graduate of Faith West Academy (FWA) in Katy and is currently a junior at Mary Hardin-Baylor. He is majoring in chemistry, with an emphasis on education. He has served as a technical director in the Miss MHB Pageant and Crusader Knights, a college leader for Young Life, a volunteer for stunt night, and a student worker in the media services office. This past year, Riggs played the role of Judas in the university’s Easter pageant. Other FWA alumni that with roles in the pageant include Adam Long (FWA Class of 2007) as Peter, and Nathan Long (FWA Class of 2009) as Joseph of Arimathea. Long will play one of the disciples in the 2013 Easter pageant.

The university’s tradition of an annual Easter pageant began in 1940 when it was held during the afternoon on Easter Day. At that time, the school was not co-ed, so all of the roles were played by women. Over time, the production expanded to include male students and extra performances.

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