SHSU students in Miss Texas 2012 pageant
Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 01:07
Three women from Sam Houston State University competed in the 2012 Miss Texas pageant in Allen, Texas last week.
In the end it was Danae Couch of Dallas who took home the title of Miss Texas, Miss Sam Houston Angelic Ortiz, who represented SHSU, came home with a prize of her own, winning the Alpha Talent Award for her dance during Friday’s portion of the pageant.
Sam Houston students Risa Mitchell, who represented Huntsville, and Whitney Wiley, who represented Katy, also competed with about 40 other women from across the state in the pageant.
Throughout the three-day pageant, the girls participated in several events during the three day pageant experience including group rehearsals, attending a press conference and preparing for the different portions of the competition including swimsuit, evening gown, talent and questions from a judging panel and on-stage.
After winning her prize, Ortiz took to Facebook to express her excitement and gratitude.
"Won the Friday night 1st year Talent Award!" she posted. "God is Great!! Enjoying being sequestered- it’s AMAZING!! These women are all changing me for my best."
Adjunct professor of communication studies and former pageant winner Terri Jaggers, who helped mentor the girls for the pageant, also took to Facebook to congratulate the women.
"So proud of my SHSU girls competing at Miss Texas!! Go Angelic Ximena Marie Ortiz, Whitney Wylie, and Risa Mitchell!!" she said. "All of you are beautiful, smart, talented, and deserving ... only one can win and Texas always has the best of the best (as you three are)."
The pageant has been produced by the Miss Texas Organization since 1936 and aims to "provide personal and professional opportunities for young Texas women and promoting their voice in culture, politics and community" according to the organization’s website. As this year’s winner of Miss Sam Houston pageant, Ortiz was the first to compete in the Miss Texas Pageant since the 1980s.
For a full list of winners, visit www.misstexas.org.