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Old Saybrook Woman Vies for Miss USA Title



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    NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: Newly crowned Miss America 2006, Miss Oklahoma Jennifer Berry holds her crown as she hosts a news conference at the Marriott Marquis on January 23, 2006 in New York City.

    Old Saybrook’s Regina Turner has her hands full these days.

    Not too long ago, the 21-year-old graduate of Portland High School was crowned Miss Connecticut and now she is preparing for an even bigger title -- Miss USA, the Middletown Press reports.

    “Contrary to the beliefs of some, being Miss Connecticut isn’t about evening gowns and tiaras,” Turner told the Middletown Press. “Rather, the goal of the Miss Connecticut USA pageant is to offer a venue where young women can grow personally in poise, confidence, goal-setting, public speaking and communication skills, physical fitness, and self-discipline. The pageant is meant to provide a positive alternative to the many destructive activities that lure our young people today and also to promote community service programs and local charities.”

    Turner is a dental major at Tunxis Community College in Farmington.

    Aside from becoming a dentist, she wants to pursue her hobbies of modeling and acting.

    Her current crown comes with a host of responsibilities and community events. Later this year, she will represent the state in Las Vegas, where the Miss USA pageant is being held.