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Business Major To Compete In Miss Texas

June 25, 2015
SHSU Media Contact: Christopher Young

Avery CarrierMiss Sam Houston Avery Carrier will step out on stage and represent Sam Houston State University at the Miss Texas pageant, culminating on Saturday (July 4) in Richardson.

The Miss Texas Pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant, according to the Miss Texas website. Carrier will compete against 56 other contestants in the four-day competition for around $60,000 in scholarship prizes.

A Katy native studying business administration, with an emphasis in management and marketing, Carrier is a newcomer to the pageant world; her first pageant was the Miss Sam Houston pageant this spring.

“I did it for the experience, to become confident in front of hundreds of people, and to further my skills in public speaking and expressing myself through my passion, which is dance,” Carrier said. “The best part about the Miss Sam Houston Pageant was getting close to all of my pageant sisters. It was amazing to see how much all of us have grown in just three months.”

While Carrier said she never perceived herself to be “a pageant girl,” she is “blessed to have the opportunity (to compete in Miss Texas) and cannot wait to make the most of it.”

“The Miss Texas Pageant will definitely require a lot more skill, talent and focus,” she said. “I have been seeing a pageant coach once a week for interviews and to learn the pageant walk, and a choreographer twice a week to excel in my performance techniques.

“The most important part about competing in pageants is to be yourself. The judges are not comparing you to other contestants; they want to see what unique qualities you bring to the table,” she continued.

Carrier hopes to accomplish at least one goal by competing in these pageants.

 “I desire to be that role model to others, to lead and inspire. I want women to know that they can follow their dreams, but they have to go out and chase them, take risks,” she said. “Being confident in all that I am, including the mistakes I've made, is what makes competing in pageants so much fun. I also know that being able to wear this crown gives me the voice to raise awareness of domestic violence, something that I hold near and dear to my heart. If you have the power to do something, use it for the greater good.”

For information on how to view the Miss Texas Pageant, visit

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