Dallas - The 78th Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant celebrated the first night of competition with at the Allen Event Center in Allen, TX. Miss Texas 2012, DaNae Couch, will crown this year's Miss Texas at the Saturday night, July 6th ceremony beginning at 7:00PM. Celebrity emcees, Ron Corning, from WFAA's Daybreak and former Miss Texas Gloria Barron will share the stage with the 93 titleholders. The Miss Texas Pageant competition is open to the public and will be held in the Allen Event Center, 200 East Stacy Road, Allen, TX 75002. Tickets are available online at www.misstexas.org.
Winners of the first night of competition were:
Overall Fitness: Monique Evans, Miss Dallas
Alpha Fitness: Taylor Lowery, Miss Southlake
Overall Talent: Morgan Fuller, Miss Lubbock
Alpha Talent: Morgan Fuller, Miss Lubbock
Overall Fitness: Haley Johnston, Miss Teen Twin Rivers
Alpha Fitness: Haley Johnston, Miss Teen Twin Rivers
Overall Talent: McKenna Woodlan, Miss Teen Duncanville
Alpha Talent : McKenna Woodlan, Miss Teen Duncanville
Produced by the Miss Texas Organization, the Miss Texas competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young Texas women and promoting their voice in culture, politics and community. The competition was founded in 1936 by a group of civic-minded citizens concerned about higher education. The first Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant has evolved into what is recognized today as one of the best organized and well managed of all state pageants. For additional information please visit www.misstexas.org.
The 48 Miss Texas contestants and the 45 Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen contestants compete in the following categories: private interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent, evening gown and onstage question. The winner of the Miss Texas 2013 title will compete for Miss America held in September 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2013 will compete for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen in August 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Dillard's and Jessica Simpson are giving each contestant a pair of shoes and Skechers is donating two pairs of fitness shoes to each of the Teens. Grubbs Infiniti provides Miss Texas with an Infiniti to drive throughout her reign. Other official sponsors are: i93 Hit Radio, Rochon Premium Brands, Glass House by Windsor, Residence of North Dallas, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Allen Premium Outlet and City of Allen.
The Miss America Organization is the largest donor of scholarship assistance for young women, awarding over $45 million annually. Miss Texas 2013 will receive a $10,000 cash scholarship, the use of an Infiniti from Grubbs Infiniti and an apartment at Residence of North Dallas. In addition to competing for scholarships, each contestant actively participates in raising funds for the Children's Miracle Network, which is the national platform of Miss America.