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Monday, August 19, 2013

VICTORIA HUGGINS: Miss N.C. Pageant part of a busy summer of performing

UNC Pembroke student Victoria Huggins finished in the top 10 in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant held on June 22.

Victoria HugginsFor Huggins who has been performing in front of national audiences since she was six, the pageant was a stop during a busy summer of appearances. She has been to Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Wilkesboro, N.C., and has upcoming dates at West Virginia’s famous Greenbrier Resort, as well as Pembroke.

“I am taking a couple of days off while I’m in the mountains participating in the Miss Teen and Little Miss North Carolina Pageant,” Huggins said in a July 15 interview. “These two days are very valuable to me because of my busy schedule.”

Huggins, who is a junior broadcasting major at UNCP, performs at events from the mountains to the coast. After a 10-year stint as a featured performer at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, she has returned to her roots in gospel music with a Christian ministry.

“Yes, I am been blessed to be very busy with some wonderful opportunities,” she said. As busy as Huggins is, she makes time to be a college student and to engage in the life of the university.

Huggins will be on campus on August 2 at UNCP’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Save Our Students (SOS) Beach Party. During the next school year, she will greet campus guests as a Chancellor’s Ambassador.

If Huggins has been generous with her time and support of UNCP, she says it’s a mutual arrangement. “I had great support in the audience during the pageant, especially from UNCP,” she said. “A contingent from UNCP was on the front row, holding up banners cheering me on.”

Huggins won the right to compete in the state pageant after winning the Miss Fayetteville crown. With Alzheimer’s disease as her platform, she raised more than $10,000 at a gala event for the Forget Me Not Project. UNCP was there for her again.

“UNCP had a table at my gala, and Dr. Ben Bahr was the guest speaker,” she said of UNCP’s research scientist. “I wanted people to learn more about Alzheimer’s and that research for a cure is being done right here in North Carolina in Pembroke. It was really great of Dr. Bahr to come.”

With the pageant behind her, Huggins has only good memories as she looks forward to the coming school year.

“I learned so much and made great friends,” Huggins said. “I enjoyed getting out in the community and especially meeting young girls. I have grown as a result.

“Now, I am focused on getting ready for school,” she said. “I will concentrate on my major and my two minors, music and religion.”

At 19, Huggins has already appeared on Star Search and American Idol. The future after graduation is wide open. In the Miss North Carolina Pageant, she sang “The Impossible Dream,” but for this UNCP student, no dream seems impossible.

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