The Commerce Journal

February 19, 2010

Winning county pageant proves emotional for new titleholders

Staff Writer
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The tears overflowed from the two young women who were named the 2010 titleholders at the conclusion of the county scholarship pageant late Sunday night at the Ram Rayburn Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

“I don’t remember the first five minutes very well,” said Tiffany Hobbs, who was named Miss Hunt County. “I couldn’t gain control of myself. My knees gave out. I was very happy and very thankful.”

“I cried as it was a very emotional moment,”  said Brittni Bell, the new Miss Teen Hunt County. “It was the first crown I have ever won so it means a lot.”

Hobbs, who was selected from a field of eight contestants, is a graduate student at Southern Methodist University, where she is going for her masters degree in the fine arts program.  She did have her doubts about wearing the crown.

“It was a very good competition,” Hobbs said. “That’s why I didn’t know what to expect.”

Bell, a sophomore at Duncanville High School who was named from a field of five contestants, echoed Hobbs’ comments for the teen competition.

“It was a really tough competition. I thought we were all neck-and-neck,” she added. “Everyone was on their P’s and Q’s.”

Hobbs and Bell will represent the county at the Miss Texas and Miss Teen Texas Pageants at Arlington this summer. But, in the meantime, the two want to get to know the Hunt County community better.

“I would like to get know the people in Hunt County better ,” said Hobbs. “I want to make the Hunt County Scholarship Organization better known in the communities. I would love to extend my positive image around.”

The two are also anxious to spread the word about their community service projects to the Hunt County community. For Hobbs, it is on “HIV AIDS Awareness and Prevention” while Bell is addressing “A Key to Success in Music Education.”

Hobbs said she became aware of how serious the lack of education on AIDS has become through a series of programs she attended as a undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, where she met a 19-year-old girl who contracted the disease.

Upon moving to Texas, she joined AIDS Arms, an organization that assists individuals in accessing the health care, resources and support necessary to manage the challenges of living with the disease.

For Bell, it was her younger sister that helped her become aware of the lack of music education in the elementary schools.

“The music program was being taken out of her school,” Bell said, adding that the younger students who were interested in music had to sign up for an after-school program. “That wasn’t right. Music plays a very important role in their education.”