Congratulations, Miss Houston/Texas

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Houston’s own Lauren Lanning is the new Miss Texas USA:

Miss Houston Lauren Lanning was crowned Miss Texas USA 2006 on Sunday.

Lanning, 21, was one of 131 contestants in the pageant.

Miss Harris County Crystle Stewart was first runner-up. Miss Beaumont Kendahl Beal was second runner-up. Miss South Central Texas Cassandra Meyer was third runner-up and Miss North Texas Candace Campfield was selected as fourth runner-up.

Lanning is a student in radio/television communications at the University of Houston Clear Lake. She has volunteered for several organizations and founded “Coins for the Cure,” a program to raise awareness and help find a cure for breast cancer. The disease runs in her family.

“I want to carry my platform on creating more awareness about early detection and research,” Lanning said in a story in Monday’s editions of the Laredo Morning Times.

She will represent Texas in the Miss USA pageant in February.

Lanning said during the interview portion of the pageant that she would like to be either a television journalist or an actress.

“I want to be a leader either in the community as an actress bringing attention to issues or on the TV set in Texas delivering the news,” Lanning said.

Congratulations to Miss Lanning. Perhaps we’ll see her on the local evening news one of these days.

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