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We love a good beauty contest that promotes so much potential opportunity, don't you? DaNae Couch, Miss Dallas was crowned the 2012 Miss Texas by the reigning 2011 Miss Texas Kendall Morris, at the 77th Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant held this past weekend at the Allen Event Center in Allen. The evening's celebrity emcees were Drew Pearson, Tatum Hubbard, Miss Texas 1993, and Ashley Melnick, Miss Texas 2010.

Couch, The 23 year old from Coppell is a graduate of Baylor University and is currently attending Texas Tech Law School. Here’s more info on her:

Title: Miss Dallas

Hometown: Coppell, TX

Talent: Twirling to "You Can't Stop the Beat:

Platform Topic: Hope for Family Recovery: Life Beyond Addiction

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The Runner-ups were:
1st Runner-Up: Miss Houston, Adrianna Nelson
2nd Runner-Up: Miss Fort Worth, Natalie Baker 
3rd Runner-Up: Miss Harris County, Rachel Turner
4th Runner-Up: Miss Plano, Christine Tang

The 2012 Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen was also announced during the ceremonies and Margana Wood, Miss Houston, received her crown from the 2011 Miss Outstanding Teen Texas, Reilly Johannsen. Here’s some more info on Wood…

Title: Miss Houston

Hometown:, Houston, TX

Talent: Contemporary Dance

Platform Topic: Teen Bullying-"Nice Girls Rule"

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1st Runner-Up: Miss Twin Rivers, Nicole Grunwald
2nd Runner-Up: Miss South Texas, Cora Drozd
3rd Runner-Up: Miss Dallas, Laryssa Bonacquisti
4th Runner-Up: Miss Duncanville, Caroline Carothers

Produced by the Miss Texas Organization, the Miss Texas competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young Texas women and promoting their voice in culture, politics and community. The competition was founded in 1936 by a group of civic-minded citizens concerned about higher education. The first Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant has evolved into what is recognized today as one of the best organized and well managed of all state pageants. For more information, visit