UNCP Grad Wins
Miss North Carolina Title
a 2001 UNCP graduate, has won the crown of Miss
North Carolina 2002.
Miss Revels, 23,
is from St. Pauls and teaches English at Lumberton High School. An experienced
pageant contestant, she was Miss UNCP 1998 and is the former Junior
Miss Lumbee, Miss Lumbee, Miss St. Pauls and currently Miss Fayetteville.
She is the third
UNCP graduate to win the Miss North Carolina title. Francie Adler '83
and Lorna McNeil '02 accomplished the feat before her.
"I am both
extremely proud and happy for Rebekah," said Chancellor Allen C.
Meadors. "She embodies the characteristics we cherish in our graduates
- commitment, intelligence, poise, dedication and ambition. She will
be a tremendous representative for Fayetteville, UNCP and the State
of North Carolina."
Miss Revels will
hold the title for one year and represent North Carolina n the Miss
America Pageant in September in Atlantic City, N.J. She wins a $12,000
"This is overwhelming
and probably the most emotional experience I have ever had," she
told reporters following the contest.
Miss Revels is classically
trained in voice. She performs opera, dances and plays the saxophone.
Her community service project is Alzheimer's disease awareness.
Revels won preliminary competitions for swimsuit and talent, said Dr.
Diane Jones, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. Dr. Jones attended
every night of the competition.
the grace, beauty and stage presence that spelled winner," Dr.
Jones said. "She was radiant, enthusiastic and a crowd pleaser
from the very first night of competition."
hard which was evident in her swimsuit competition, interview and talent,"
she said. "She was an undisputed '10' in swimsuit! Rebekah will
do well at Miss America and will have a lot of supporters from Robeson
County. As a graduate of UNCP, we are very proud of Rebekah and her
achievement as Miss North Carolina!"
It was the 65th
Miss North Carolina pageant, and Miss Revels bested 33 other contestants
including the current Miss UNCP titleholder Katherine Greer, a rising
sophomore from Fuqua Varina, N.C.
is some of the reaction from around campus:
- "We are
very excited and thrilled for her," said Darlene Cummings, who
coordinates the Miss UNCP Scholarship Pageant. "She is a very
talented young lady. She performed at our pageant last year as Miss
- "Miss Revels
was a scholarship recipient at UNCP and very deserving of it,"
said Carol Hunt of Student Services. "She displays what Lumbee
means to all of us as a group of people. Go girl! We're very proud
know that Rebekah is a wonderful person," said sociology Professor
Frederick Stephens. "I had the experience of working with her
during preparations for the Miss UNCP Pageant. She never met a stranger.
After talking with her briefly, you have the feeling that you are
friends. She will not only represent North Carolina with wonder, she
will represent the university community as well. Rebecca is a humble,
strong, competitive young lady."
is a beautiful person inside and out and the judges obviously saw
that in her," said Jessica Reed, Miss UNCP 2001. "I was
fortunate enough to be able to attend the pageant and follow her that
week and was so happy with her performance. Rebekah and I have either
been competing or working together with pageants for the last few
years and I am glad I have gotten to know her and all the beauty and
grace she holds. I know she will do well in Atlantic City, and I plan
to be there rooting her on 110 percent. Miss America or not, she still
has repesented the Lumbee tribe, Robeson County, and this university
in a positive way."
Rebekah," said Jackie Clark, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management.
"You have made the UNCP family and the Lumbee Tribe very proud."
- "Miss Revels
was a Teaching Fellow at UNCP and we are sooo proud of her,"
said Dr. Irene Aiken, a professor and director of UNCP's Teaching
Fellows program. "As I recently told someone who works with pageants,
Rebekah is the perfect Miss North Carolina and Miss America. I am
not at all surprised she won, and I am very proud to have been associated
with her life."
was one of my students when I volunteered at St. Pauls Middle School,"
said Blake Tyner, at the Art Department. "She did a wonderful
project on the Indians of Robeson County."
- "As Miss
UNCP, she represented the university in a first class manner, and
I am sure she will do the same for our state," said Abdul Ghaffar,
director of Student Activities. "We are very proud of her."
- "I have
known Rebekah for years. She is a great person and incredible role
model for her people," said Kay Oxendine of Business Services
and host of the Public Radio program "Native Voices." "She
always has a smile on her lips and a good word to say. She is very
deserving of this title and definitely has a great opportunity in
the Miss America pageant. She has made so many people proud just by
being her. Her new titles are just bonuses!"
- She is a beautiful
girl and comes from a fine family," said Susan Cummings of Sampson-Livermore
Library. "She will represent the good 'Old North State' well."
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