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UVU Alum to Compete for Miss America Crown on Jan. 15

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January 7, 2011
For Immediate Release

For more information: Justi Lundberg (801) 381-2686
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6351

As the first Utah Valley University alumna ever to compete for Miss America, Miss Utah Christina Lowe will proudly represent both her home state and her University Jan. 15 in Las Vegas at the national 2011 Miss America Pageant. Well-wishers can help Lowe’s chances by voting for her to become a finalist in the competition.

Her quirky vote-seeking video can be seen at www.MissAmerica.org/VideoContest. She does not sing her praises, though she won the Miss Utah title with her voice. Instead, she shows the nation she’s tough enough to be Miss America.

With Lowe’s schedule, she has to be tough. Since winning the Miss Utah title, she has been scheduled nonstop, involved in speaking engagements for the Children’s Miracle Network and appearances for Meadowgold, one of her sponsors. She’s been in elementary, junior high and high schools around the state, encouraging students and their parents to become informed about politics and register to vote. Recently she released a coloring book centered on patriotism, with pages that teach children about voting, flag etiquette, and the U.S. Constitution.

Still, she knew that preparing for the Miss America pageant was of the utmost importance, and she’s concentrated on every single aspect of her presentation. From working out, to speaking with her personal image consultant, to keeping abreast of current events and making certain she can answer any question thrown at her, Lowe is certain she’ll be ready to walk on the Las Vegas stage.

“It’s been exciting to see the whole thing come together. There’s this whole process — the wardrobe, getting physically fit, studying current events — trying to develop into the woman that will represent America,” Lowe said. “It will be fun to showcase myself that way — I mean when do you get that chance, really?”

Even amid all the flurry, she’s had to anchor herself to just that: her self.

“The hardest part has been keeping a sense of self while taking suggestions to refine myself,” Lowe said. “Everyone has ideas of what Miss America is, and you have to listen to them because they help you, but you still have to hold onto who got you there in the first place, and maintain who you are. I want to go there and do my best. I want to leave it all on the stage. I really want to show everyone who Christina Lowe is.”

Carly Condie, program coordinator of UVU’s Spirit Squad, is a former Miss UVSC and former Miss Utah contestant who assisted Lowe in her preparation for the state competition. She said Lowe’s hard work, determination and natural charisma were what helped her achieve the victory as Miss Utah.

“She is probably the best communicator I have ever worked with,” Condie said.

Rebeka Grulich, the director of UVU’s student activities, worked with Lowe for the Miss Utah pageant, and has helped her practice her interviewing technique for the national competition.

“Christina really has the potential to do really well at the Miss America Pageant,” Grulich said. “She’s smart, well-spoken, and has excellent talent.”

Lowe has enjoyed the opportunity to build awareness for her pageant platforms — issues that she is very passionate about. In addition to her work in the schools, she is also the official spokesperson for the Child Protection Registry, an organization committed to protecting Utah children from adult-oriented solicitations. Lowe is also heavily involved with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and returned from a visit to Israel just a week before competing for Miss Utah.

“What I really came to love about pageants was the service platforms. I feel like pageants represent well-rounded women who have grace and poise and who are interested in the world around them,” she said. “I don’t feel like I’m doing Miss America because I’m just another pretty face and I want a crown. I really feel like I’m a strong, genuine person.”

Even if she does not win the pageant, Lowe has a bright future planned for herself. She plans to return to UVU and finish her degree in international relations. After graduation, she hopes to join the Peace Corps in January 2012. Once she’s finished there, she will go on to graduate school or law school.

“I have a lot to say. I want to do more than just live,” she said. “I want to make other people realize that they have more to offer as well.”

The Miss America Pageant will be broadcast live Jan. 15 on ABC. Fans can vote for Lowe to be a finalist until Jan. 13 through four different ways:

• by voting for her video via the links provided at www.MissAmerica.org/VideoContest

•by clicking “like” for her video at www.Facebook.com/MissAmericaOrganization via the links provided under the “Video Contest” tab,

• by clicking the “like” for her video at www.YouTube.com/MissAmericaOrg. Cell phone users can also vote for Lowe by texting “MAUT” to 24470.

Well-wishers and the UVU community are invited to attend a pageant-viewing party Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. at UVU at Centre Stage in the Sorensen Student Center.

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Photo courtesy Highlite Photography

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