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Com/Journ Student Marks Crowning Achievement

Holly Harrar is named Miss Philadelphia 2016

February 29, 2016

Pottstown, Pa. – Center stage is a familiar place to Electronic Media emphasis senior, Holly Harrar. She’s been front and center at SUTV since her sophomore year when she stepped in front of the camera as the weather anchor.

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On Saturday night, February 27th, Holly was in front of cameras once again, but this time she wasn’t reading the news. She was the news. Harrar was named Miss Philadelphia 2016 getting her one step closer to the title of Miss America. Becoming Miss Philadelphia earns her a spot in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant in June in Pittsburgh.

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Harrar has been sharpening her communications skills and competing in pageants since high school and didn’t lay down her crown when she came to Shippensburg. In her four years at Ship, she’s competed three times winning several local titles that took her to the state level but she says Miss Philadelphia is a big deal.

“I’ve competed at Miss Pennsylvania for the last three years but I’m especially excited to represent the city of brotherly love at this year’s competition.”

While Harrar’s good looks and poise help her in her pageant competitions, her talent and passion for helping others are just as important. Harrar’s passion to inform the world and make it a better place fuels her drive to become a television reporter. Viewers of SUTV witness it every time she reports a story. This semester, Harrar was selected by her peers at SUTV to serve as an anchor on the news desk, but she has been called on to serve in leadership capacities, too. Her resume includes SUTV News Director and Executive Producer as well as on-air posts.

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Though pageants and working toward a career in journalism may not seem related, Harrar has artfully blended her love of reporting with her call to help others through pageant life. She is minoring in Disability Studies and has dedicated much of her TV time this year to reporting on issues of inclusion, which by the way, is her pageant platform. In November, she traveled out of state to report on a college program developed for students with disabilities. “It was a rewarding experience to say the least. It was nice to be able to combine my passions and tell a story that otherwise might have gone untold.”

As Harrar moves toward graduation, in some regards she’ll be just like her senior peers. She will live those last special moments with college friends, wrap up the last few college assignments and begin to plan for the future and getting her career started, but in one regard she’ll be vastly different. She already has a plan for the next year, to serve as Philadelphia’s ambassador for the Miss America Organization. And she knows, for sure, where she’ll be on June 25th. And if all goes as she plans, on June 26th, she’ll be planning a trip to Atlantic City in September to give Pennsylvania a shot at Miss America.


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