Witzkoske competing for the title of Miss Texas

By LEW K. COHN, Inquirer Editor

Gonzales High School and Texas A&M graduate Angela Witzkoske is competing with 41 other young women from across the state to be crowned Miss Texas 2022 this week at Richardson.

Witzkoske, 26, from Harwood, holds the title of Miss Richardson, the host city of the pageant, which will be held June 19-25 at the Eisemann Center of the Performing Arts. Last year, Witzkoske entered the Miss Texas pageant as the reigning Miss Southeast Texas for 2020-21. She also entered the Miss Texas Teen USA pageant in 2011 as Miss Gonzales County.

She graduated in 2014 from Gonzales High School and graduated in 2018 from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in journalism.

She was Miss Gonzales County in 2012 and has volunteered for the Miss Gonzales County Royal Court announcement at the past two Come and Take It celebrations. She also performed the national anthem at several Texas A&M University sporting events.

Witzkoske is a first-generation Aggie and college graduate who has a passion for public speaking. Her social impact statement, “Educate, Encourage, Exceed: Pursuing an Education,” is directly inspired by her life experiences and pays tribute to the importance of hard work and perseverance.

Having witnessed his family’s tenacity to build a successful life through various avenues of education, Witkoske saw firsthand “that there is no straight and narrow path to success.” She champions all forms of education including but not limited to trade, technical and vocational schools and believes that “we should never stop learning”.

“As a first-generation graduate, I made my way through school with the help of student loans,” she said. “Now that I’m in my career, after graduating, I’m currently paying off close to $35,000 in student debt. Thanks to the Miss America organization, I was able to reduce my student loans.

Thanks to the Miss America organization, Witkoske has racked up nearly $1,500 in scholarships so far and applied it to her student loans. The Miss America organization is the number one provider of scholarships to young women in the nation and it expects to win many more in the Miss Texas pageant this summer.

The Miss Texas Scholarship Organization is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to outstanding young women to help them advance academically and professionally. Participants have achieved major successes in various fields, including medicine, law, business, broadcast journalism, theater, politics, literature, and more.

For more information on the Miss Texas Scholarship organization, visit misstexas.org.

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