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Bason to compete in Miss Florida USA

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State competition this weekend

By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

When she graduated from CHS last year, she earned a spot as co-valedictorian, a rare happening at the school, and she was also chosen as 2013 homecoming queen.

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And then she went on to double major at the University of Florida, studying marketing and agricultural communications and making her way onto the Dean's List for both majors in her freshman year.

In April, she beat out seven other contestants to earn the title of Miss Gainesville USA after someone said she should consider competing.

"It was just a challenge," she said on the phone Monday while driving down south in preparation for the next stage in competition: The Miss Florida USA 2015 Pageant.

"I'm really excited," she said. "This is my first serious pageant."

The preliminaries are tomorrow night, and there are 70 contestants, she said. The top 16 compete for the title Saturday night in Hollywood in three categories: interview, swimwear (fitness) and evening gown.

Despite the increase in the number of competitors from around the state, Bason said she's not nervous.

She's especially looking forward to the interview portion, she said. "I've been speaking publicly my whole life," the 19-year-old Chiefland native said.

Her involvement with FFA since the 6th grade and competing in such things as the Creed has more than prepared her for that, she said.

And her platform on the importance of agriculture has her confident, as well. She said she looks forward to speaking to the people in Hollywood about the topic with hopes of enlightening them.

With future degrees in agricultural communication and marketing, It's something she hopes to focus on as a career, as well.

"I love speaking with people," she said. "I love marketing, and I love public relations."

And if she does well this weekend, Bason could wind up a competitor in the Miss USA Pageant later this year.

"That's a very big deal," she said.

A win in the Miss USA Pageant would guarantee her a place in the Miss Universe Pageant.

 

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