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Date Set for Breast Cancer Walk

NORTH TEXAS _ The 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of North Texas (Makingstrideswalk.org/northtexas) has been set for Oct. 4 at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The 4th annual North Texas event will begin at 9 a.m. on the UTA campus at Lot 52, located at 1101 South West St., in Arlington. The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) created Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walks in 1993 to build awareness and generate funds to fight the disease. In that time, 10 million walkers in the U.S. have collected more than $594 million and last year, nearly 6,000 walkers in North Texas raised more than $300,000.

 Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8, and in 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,400 will die from the disease in the U.S.

Making Strides proceeds are used by the American Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research grants, offer free patient/caregiver services, provide in-depth cancer information, and support legislative advocacy to make sure cancer patients have access to the care they need.

Call the local American Cancer Society office at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit makingstrideswalk.org to help continue saving lives.

 

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Preliminary Winners Waiting for New Miss Texas Crown

Preliminary fitness winners. Photo courtesy Collage Int'l.

Preliminary talent winners. Photos courtesy of Collage Int'l.

A new Miss Texas will be crowned Friday evening at Texas Hall at the University of North Texas.

Friday’s crowning will be the culmination of three evenings of preliminaries for the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant (www.MissTexas.org). Beginning Tuesday, preliminary winners were named in swimsuit and talent categories.

The three preliminary winners in the “physical fitness in swimsuit” competition were inners were Miss Colleyville, Jordan Johannsen; Miss Plano, Erin Hunt; and Miss Dallas, Candice Bennatt. Talent preliminary honorees were Miss Sugarland, Jackie Foss; Miss Austin, Monique Evans; and Miss Harris County, Adrianna Nelson, for talent.

They are among 38 competing for the title of Miss Texas. Scores from the three nights of preliminary competitons will be compiled for the final night. A panel of judges will select the new Miss Texas, who will go on to compete in the legendary Miss American Pageant to be held in January in Las Vegas.

Tickets are available for Friday’s pageant through Central Ticket Office. This final competition for Miss Texas and the crowning of Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen will be viewable by webcast. The webcast will go live at 7:55 p.m. and may be viewed at www.misstexas.org/webcast.

The current Miss Texas is Ashley Melnick.

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New Miss Texas Crowned Amid Anniversary Celebration

Miss Texas, Ashley Melnick

Ashley Melnick, a 21-year-old Texas Christian University student, claimed the title of Miss Texas 2010 by singing “Circle of Life” at the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant, held earlier this month at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Competing as Miss Fort Worth, Melnick was crowned at Texas Hall on the UTA campus. In Miss Texas pageant preliminary competitions, Melnick won both talent and swimsuit awards. She will be the Lone Star State’s representative at the legendary Miss America Pageant.

The new Miss Texas was named during a week of special activities marking the pageant’s 75th celebration. Dozens of former Miss Texas titleholders performed on stage, and were joined by Phyllis George and Shirley Cothran Barret, two Texans who went on to win the Miss America title.

Named first runner-up was Jordan Johannsen, Miss Irving. Others in the top five were DaNae Couch, Miss Frisco; Kendall Morris, Miss White Settlement; and Cristie Kibler, Miss Arlington.

Also crowned was a new Miss Teen Texas. She is 15-year-old Madison Fuller, who represented Frisco.

For more information, check www.misstexas.org.

Miss Teen Texas, Madison Fuller

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Preliminary Winners Named in Texas Pageant

Miss Irving, Jordan Johannsen, and Miss Frisco, DaNae Couch, walked away with preliminary awards Tuesday night at the second night of competition for the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant (www.misstexas.org).

Johannsen won for physical fitness in swimsuit, and Couch, who twirls batons, won the talent award during the competition at Texas Hall on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. For Couch, it was the second night in the row to win a preliminary round. She captured the physical fitness award during Monday’s competition. Winning talent Monday night was Miss Fort Worth, Ashley Melnick, a singer.

A third round of preliminaries is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Miss Teen Texas Scholarship Pageant is being held simultaneously. Preliminary winners for physical fitness were Miss Teen East Texas, Reilly Johannsen, the younger sister of Miss Irving, and Miss Teen Plano, Kaitlyn Wilson. The talent winners included Miss Teen West Texas, vocalist Jordan Sheets, and Miss Teen Ellis County, Kafarra Douglas. 

The Miss Texas 75th Celebration includes a reunion and a black-tie gala Thursday, followed by a brunch Friday. Many events are open to the public. http://esocialworld.com/2010/05/phyllis-george-to-headline-anniversary-celebration/

 The 2010 Miss Texas will be crowned Friday night at the finals at Texas Hall.  She will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant, the world’s largest provider of scholarships for women.

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Phyllis George to Headline Anniversary Celebration

Phyllis George, a Denton native and Miss America 1971, will return to Texas to co-chair the 75th anniversary of the Miss Texas organization.

Former Miss Americas Phyllis George and Shirley Cothran Barret will be special guests of honor at the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, planned for July 1 and July 2 in Arlington, TX.

 George, Miss America 1971, and Barret, Miss America 1975, will serve as honorary chairs of the anniversary festivities.

A series of special events will pull former Miss Texas winners, state contestants and pageant volunteers to North Texas in late June and early July. The events, some which will be open to the public, will include three days of preliminary competitions and the July 2 crowning of Miss Texas 2010.

 Among the activities planned to commemorate the 75th anniversary will be the Crowns and Gowns formal gala, featuring an archive exhibit of wardrobe pieces worn by former Miss Texas titleholders, and the Miss Texas Tribute Brunch, featuring George and Cothran as guest speakers.

George, a native of Denton, capitalized on her Miss America title by becoming one of the female pioneers in sports broadcasting. In 1975, she joined The NFL Today, co-hosting pre-game TV shows before NFL games. Other TV work followed, including a post as co-anchor of The CBS Morning News. Later she turned to commercial ventures founding both a poultry business and a cosmetic business. In addition, she served as Kentucky’s first lady while married to former Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown.

Barret, also a Denton native, has spent more than 30 years speaking to civic groups, national corporations, educational organizations and churches. She earned a doctorate degree in early childhood education and family counseling and couples her educational background with humor for her motivational talks. She has contributed to numerous magazines and has appeared on national TV programs.

A DVD and memorabilia book with pageant history is being compiled by pageant historian Randy Pruett. The book may be ordered online at www.misstexas.org.

Marvin Blum, Fort Worth resident and longtime pageant supporter, is serving as chairman of the 75th anniversary celebration, and Carrizo Oil & Gas is on board as the event’s major sponsor.

Following is a list of event highlights from the 75th Miss Texas Celebration:

June 28, 29, 30           Preliminary Competition Nights

            7 p.m. Competition, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Hall, 701 W. Niederman, Arlington.

                Tickets at centralticketoffice.com.

July 1                          Miss Texas Family Reunion

            2 to 4 p.m. Hilton Arlington, Grand Ballroom. Event open to all former contestants, families,

               guests and volunteers.       

                Tickets $10, sold at the door.

July 1                          Crowns and Gowns Formal Gala

            6:30 to 11 p.m. Arlington Convention Center, Grand Hall, 1200 Ballpark Way.

                Archive exhibit of wardrobe, seated dinner and dancing to Larry T-Byrd Gordon & Music People

                Luv Band. Black-tie event open to the public.

               Tickets $75, order from www.misstexas.org or by calling Vicki Slaton at 972-203-1847.

July 2                          Miss Texas Tribute Brunch and Autograph Session

            8 to 11 a.m. Arlington Convention Center, Grand Hall, 1200 Ballpark Way.

                Featured speakers: former Miss Americas Phyllis George and Shirley Cothran Barret. Open to

                the public. Tickets $60, order from www.misstexas.org or by calling Jean Magness 817-292-5269.

July 2                          Crowning of Miss Texas 2010

            6 p.m. Pre show featuring performance by former Miss Texas titleholders, UTA, Texas Hall.

                7 p.m. Final night of competition, selection of Miss Texas 2010.

                Tickets available at centralticketoffice.com.

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Kristen Blair Wins Miss Texas Title Friday at UTA

Winning Miss Teen Texas was Taylor Lowery.

Winning Miss Teen Texas Friday in Arlington was Taylor Lowery.

Kristen Blair was crowned Miss Texas Friday at Texas Hall at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Kristen Blair was crowned Miss Texas Friday at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Miss North Texas, 22-year-old Kristen Blair, sang her way to the title of Miss Texas Friday evening, winning the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The new Miss Texas wore a powder blue evening gown when she was crowned Miss Texas by outgoing Miss Texas, Rebecca Robinson. Blair now will compete for the title of Miss America at the Miss America Pageant Jan. 30 in Las Vegas, NV. Blair, a vocal performance major at the University of North Texas, sang Nessun Dorma in the talent competition. Her vocal talents made her a preliminary talent winner earlier in the week.

The Miss Teen Texas Pageant was held simultaneously at Texas Hall on the UTA campus. Miss Teen Frisco, Taylor Lowery, won the Miss Teen Texas title. She, too, had won a preliminary round earlier, but in the physical fitness category.

First runner-up to Miss Texas was Miss Carrollton, DaNae Couch. Others in the top five were Miss Grapevine, Ashley Melnick, second runner-up; Miss Fort Worth, Faith Bates, third runner-up; and Miss Frisco, Kathryn Dunn, fourth runner-up.

In the teen pageant, first runner-up was Miss Teen Texas Panhandle, Jordan Sheets. Rounding out the top five were Miss Teen Tarrant County, Destiny Velez, second runner-up; Miss Teen Harris County, Ali York, third runner-up; and Miss Teen Grapevine, Hadley Smith, fourth runner-up.

As Miss Texas, Blair will receive a $12,000 scholarship to the college of her choice. Blair graduated from high school in the state of Washington before entering the University of North Texas, according to Heather Edwards Bruce, the executive director of the Miss Southlake Pageant.

Friday’s pageant was dedicated to the late B. Don Magness. Magness, long associated with the Miss Texas organization, died last July, and his widow, Jean Magness, serves as CEO and executive director of the pageant.

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Harris County, North Texas Take Top Honors Tuesday

Miss Harris County, Kira Morris

Miss Harris County, Kira Morris

Miss North Texas, Kristen Blair

Miss North Texas, Kristen Blair

Kira Morris, Miss Harris County, and Kristen Blair, Miss North Texas, won the preliminary competitions of the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant Tuesday night at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Morris was named the winner for “physical fitness in swimsuit, and Blair sang the classical piece Nessun Dorma to capture the talent prize during the second evening of competition at Texas Hall on the UTA campus.. Both are 22 years old and students at the University of North Texas. Dunn, 19, attends Baylor University and won the swimsuit competition. Nelson, a 21-year-old student at Houston Baptist University, took top honors in the talent competition for her vocal performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

This week 37 young women are vying for the Miss Texas title and the chance to go on to January’s Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. The last preliminary event will be held Wednesday evening, with the finals scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday. The pageant will be broadcast live Friday via a webcast, and details are available at www.misstexas.org.

Monday night, the first night of the pageant, Kathryn Dunn, representing Frisco, and Adrianna Nelson, representing Texarkana, were named preliminary winners. Dunn, 19, attends Baylor University and was awarded the swimsuit honors. Nelson, a 21-year-old student at Houston Baptist University, took home the talent award for her vocal performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

The Miss Teen Texas Pageant is being held simultaneously with the Miss Texas competition. Winning Tuesday evening were Reilly Johannsen, Miss Teen Ellis County, for physical fitness and Micayla Merrifield, for talent by playing My Heart Will Go On on the harp. Monday night preliminary winners for the teen pageant were Miss Teen Frisco, Taylor Lowery, for physical fitness and Miss Teen Plano, Madison Fuller, for talent with her ventriloquism act.

The Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant will crown a successor to Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008. Robinson, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Spanish, performed a high-energy tap dance to “Hey Pachuco!” to win the Miss Texas title. Among her many accomplishments this year, she was chosen to sing the National Anthem at The Cotton Bowl and was selected as the subject of a United Way of America video promoting education.

To become Miss Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition within the state. During preliminaries, the competitors are broken into three groups, with each group presenting a different part of the competition for the judges’ review. Those scores will be used to select finalists to compete in Friday’s finals.

The Miss Teen Texas Pageant, a competition that began in 1990, also will crown a new title holder Friday evening. The current Miss Teen Texas is Sydney Capello.

Tickets are available from Central Ticket Office. Check CentralTicketOffice.com.

Preliminary winners will be updated this week at www.eSocialWorld.com.

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Frisco, Texarkana Win Prelims at Miss Texas Pageant

Miss Frisco, Kathryn Dunn

Miss Frisco, Kathryn Dunn

Miss Texarkana, Adrianna Nelson
Miss Texarkana, Adrianna Nelson

Kathryn Dunn, representing Frisco, and Adrianna Nelson, representing Texarkana, were named preliminary winners in the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant Monday night at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The two received the honors after the pageant’s first evening of competition, being held for the first time at Texas Hall on the UTA campus. Dunn, 19, attends Baylor University and won the swimsuit competition. Nelson, a 21-year-old student at Houston Baptist University, took top honors in the talent competition for her vocal performance of “How Great Thou Art.”

They are two of 37 young women vying for the Miss Texas title and the chance to go on to January’s Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. Preliminary competitions will continue Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with the finals scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday. The pageant will be broadcast live Friday via a webcast, and details are available at www.misstexas.org.

The Miss Teen Texas Pageant is being held simultaneously with the Miss Texas competition. Preliminary winners for the teen pageant were Miss Teen Frisco, Taylor Lowery, for physical fitness and Miss Teen Plano, Madison Fuller, for talent with her ventriloquism act.

The Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant will crown a successor to Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008.  Robinson, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Spanish, performed a high-energy tap dance to “Hey Pachuco!” to win the Miss Texas title. Among her many accomplishments this year, she was chosen to sing the National Anthem at The Cotton Bowl and was selected as the subject of a United Way of America video promoting education.  

To become Miss Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition within the state. During preliminaries, the competitors are broken into three groups, with each group presenting a different part of the competition for the judges’ review. Those scores will be used to select finalists to compete in Friday’s finals.

The Miss Teen Texas Pageant, a competition that began in 1990, also will crown a new title holder Friday evening. The current Miss Teen Texas is Sydney Capello.

Tickets are available from Central Ticket Office. Check CentralTicketOffice.com.

Preliminary winners will be updated this week at www.eSocialWorld.com.

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Miss Texas Pageant Begins in Arlington

Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008

Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008

The Dallas Cowboys football team isn’t the only organization making a move to Arlington.

The Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant (MissTexas.org) is pulling up stakes in Fort Worth, a city it’s called home for 46 years, and making the move to Texas Hall at the University of Texas at Arlington. Preliminary competitions are set for 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at UTA, with the final competition set for 7 p.m. Friday.

The new Miss Texas will follow Rebecca Robinson, Miss Texas 2008. The winner will represent the Lone Star State at the Miss America Pageant, which in recent years has moved from its traditional home of Atlantic City, NJ to Las Vegas, NV.

Robinson, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Spanish, performed a high-energy tap dance to “Hey Pachuco!” to win the Miss Texas title. Among her many accomplishments this year, she was chosen to sing the National Anthem at The Cotton Bowl and was selected as the subject of a United Way of America video promoting education.  

To become Miss Texas, a contestant must first win a local competition. This year contestants will represent 37 areas from acorss the state. During preliminaries, the competitors are broken into three groups, with each group presenting a different part of the competition for the judges’ review. Those scores will be used to select finalists to compete in Friday’s pageant where the new Miss Texas will be selected.

The Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant will be held concurrently with the Miss Teen Texas Pageant, a competition that began in 1990. The current Miss Teen Texas is Sydney Capello.

Tickets are available from Central Ticket Office. Check CentralTicketOffice.com.

Preliminary winners will be updated this week at www.eSocialWorld.com.

Sydney  Capello, Miss Teen Texas

Sydney Capello, Miss Teen Texas

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