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Miss America 2002
Webcast May 3, 2002, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
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Katie Harman says she never dreamed about becoming a beauty pageant contestant growing up. But when a high school teacher suggested she consider the scholarship money available, Harman decided to compete for the Miss Oregon crown. And when she won that contest, Harman saw other advantages.
"What a wonderful opportunity this will be to help me spread the word about my platform," said the breast cancer awareness advocate. "I can't wait to get started."
The cause first attracted Harman during her freshman year at Portland State University. She recalls how she was inspired by the patients she worked with while modeling wedding dresses for the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation. The charity sells donated wedding dresses and uses the money to grant wishes to dying women all over the United States.
The 21-year-old Harman, who is also a classical vocalist, is completing the remaining two years at PSU, where she is pursuing a degree in speech communication and vocal performance. For her masters degree, she wants to study bioethics and work in the areas of cloning, adoption and stem-cell research.
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