No Tiara, But Zebian Wins Scholarship

She didn't win the Miss America title, but Miss Massachusetts Samira Zebian '99, returned from last weekend's pageant in Atlantic City with an essay-writing prize - and memories to last a lifetime.

"It was the most phenomenal experience I've had - definitely the culmination of my performing career," said dancer and choreographer Zebian, a biology and economics major who performed an Irish step dance in the talent section of the pageant.

Zebian was not among the finalists for the coveted Miss America tiara, but she did take home a $2,500 Waterford Crystal Scholarship, awarded for writing the best essay on business management and marketing. Zebian, director of the Boston College Dance Ensemble and a former captain of the BC Marching Band's dance squad, aspires to own her own major league sports team someday.

The Eagles were on her mind Saturday, the date of the pageant finale as well as the Boston College-West Virginia football game. Zebian and West Virginia counterpart Eisa Megan Krushansky appeared on a West Virginia radio station that day to wage a good-humored duel over the air.

Zebian described the busy two weeks of show rehearsals and competition in swimsuit, evening gown and talent events, which culminated in the nationally televised finale on Saturday night, as "the experience of a lifetime."

"Hearing the Miss America theme sung while walking down the runway was like a little girl's dream," she said.

-Mark Sullivan

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