Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Miss Texas Honors Dr. Shirley Cochran Barret at Women of Achievemen​t Luncheon

On April 5th at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson, the Miss Texas Organization held the 3rd Annual Women of Achievement Luncheon. Among the speakers and honorees was Dr. Shirley Cothran Barret for whom the Miss Texas Organization announced their Women of Achievement Award would henceforth be named. The award is given to women recognized by the titleholders as those of influence and achievement that have impacted their lives. Reigning Miss Texas, Ivana Hall and Miss Texas Outstanding Teen, Sheridan Donevant presented the Dr. Shirley Cothran Barret Award to 63 honorees.
Miss Texas Ivana Hall, Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka, Miss Texas Outstanding Teen Sheridan Donevant
Dr. Barret was the last Miss Texas to win the Miss America title in 1975. Dr. Barret was awarded scholarships through the Miss Texas and Miss America Organizations which fully funded her undergraduate degree, Master's Degree in Counseling and her PhD in Early Childhood Education & Family Counseling. Active in her community and church, Shirley has served in several volunteer capacities, including her local school board, Texas Speedway Children's Charity and various other charity boards. "I grew up in Denton, the daughter of a mother who had been orphaned at a very young age and worked in a restaurant which she ultimately owned. If a poor, shy librarian can win not only Miss Texas, but Miss America, every single one of you sitting in the audience have a chance if you work hard and stay focused on your goals."
Dr. Shirley Cothran Barret
Richardson's Mayor, Laura Maczka, was on hand to welcome the Miss Texas titleholders to Richardson and their home for the 2014 Miss Texas Pageant, Richardson's Eisemann Center. This year's Miss Texas competition will be held June 28-July 5. "Richardson is ecstatic to be the new home of the Miss Texas Organization and we salute the young women who will be competing for the title of Miss Texas for the beauty of their accomplishments," stated the Mayor.
Women of Achievement Honorees and Miss Texas Contestants
Over 100 titleholders will be competing this summer for the title of Miss Texas and Texas Outstanding Teen at the 78th annual competition. The Miss Texas competition provides a forum for women to express their views, talents and accomplishments and compete for scholarships. Last year, the Miss America state pageants nationwide gave $46 million in scholarships to women participating in the pageant program across the United States.
Miss Texas Outstanding Teen Sheridan Donevant, Dr. Shirley Cochran Barret, Miss Texas Ivana Hall

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