ACU grad earns Miss Lone Star State title, place in national pageantPosted July 07, 2010
Earlier this month, recent ACU grad Sommerly Simser strutted her stuff in the Miss Lone Star State Pageant, winning the crown and a chance to compete in the 2010 National Miss American Coed Pageant in November.
Simser competed with other young women from across the state at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Irving, Texas.
Simser, who graduated in 2009 with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in theatre, has been competing in American College Education pageants for six years to win scholarships to pay off student loan expenses.
While the pageant includes judging of talent, speech and evening gown modeling, Simser says these competitions are more about community involvement, academic achievement, and who will be the best representative for the program.
"Coed pageants are really about the girl next door. They are uplifting and very family-focused, not like the Miss USA Pageant. It's about who's involved in their community, who is an academic achiever, who is going to represent the system the best," says Simser.
Simser works as a manager and production assistant for IN-Focus Digital in Abilene and volunteers with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
The national competition will be held at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Winners in each of the six age groups will compete for more than $750,000 in prizes, scholarships and cash awards.
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