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Island University Student Competes in Miss Texas USA 2016 Pageant

September 02, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Rebekah Harris, a student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, is heading to Houston, where she will be competing against more than 100 other Texas women at Miss Texas USA 2016. The pageant is being held September 5-6, at the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel.

Harris is a sophomore majoring in Bio-Medical Science, who is on track to graduate in 2017. She plans a career as a nutritionist after graduation. Harris has never competed in a pageant before, but after receiving a pamphlet in the mail offering the opportunity, she decided to give it a shot. She was chosen as Miss Nueces County USA after going through an extensive written application process.

“I have seen pageants on television, but never thought that I would be doing one,” said Harris. “The experience has helped me become more aware of how others view me and to be conscious of how I present myself, which is a great tool.”

Harris has had plenty of support from family and friends, including her sister, Nephaterria Harris, who is also a student at the Island University.

“My older sister is my manager. She is a go-getter, she is on top of my hair appointments and all of my appearances,” said Harris. “She is working on a Ph.D. in family counseling, but has taken time out of her busy schedule to help me with the pageant.”

The winner of Miss Texas USA will receive a scholarship, wardrobe and accessories, vacations, and will make personal appearances throughout her reign. The title of Miss Texas USA is a preliminary title to participating in the Miss USA and then the Miss Universe pageants.

“While there are elements about the competition that are stressful, it is motivation and a great honor to know I am representing Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Nueces County,” said Harris. “All my professors, family and friends have been really supportive and wished me the best of luck.”