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Ms. Marina Harrison

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Education

  • joint Juris doctorate
  • masters of business administration
  • bachelors , communication/public relations
  • University of Maryland
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Marina Harrison • Miss Maryland USA® 2005
www.missmarylandusa.com, 14 Mar 2008 [cached]
Marina Harrison was crowned Miss Maryland USA 2005 on December 5, 2005 in N. Bethesda, MD, taking on 88 women from across the state to win the title. In addition to winning more than $40,000 in cash and prizes, Marina will compete in the 2005 MISS USA pageant to be held at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, MD, on April 11, 2005. She will be the first Maryland woman to represent the state in two nationally televised pageants.
Marina has dedicated her life to promoting the immeasurable value of a public education and how its success or failure affects us all. In addition to keynoting numerous events for local, state and national organizations, Marina logged about 50,000 miles across 9 states and two continents and has visited nearly 100 public schools across the nation to motivate students to "Start Today" in making their dreams come true.
At age 17, Marina had first-hand experience as a policy-maker at the school board level when she was elected by her peers and appointed by the governor to be the Anne Arundel County Student Board Member. As the only full voting student board member in the nation, Marina had the authority to hire and fire the Superintendent, expel students, and even make fiscal and budgetary decisions. Since then she has advocated public schools at the local, state and federal levels and partnered with the Maryland State Department of Education and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.
While Marina performs vocally at most appearances, she has taken jazz, ballet, modern, and tap classes for over 16 years and 8 years of piano training. A true "triple-threat" and member of the International Thespian Society, Marina has starred in both amateur and professional musical and theatrical productions including Fame (Carmen), and Once on This Island (Little Girl, Erzulie). She starred in TV Public Service Announcements for the victims of Hurricane Isabel and headlined an American Red Cross Benefit Concert for the Disaster Relief Fund and the 2nd Annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Onyx Awards in Orlando Florida.
Marina has also had a myriad of professional experiences, including a three-year stint at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA. While at the State Department Marina met Colin Powell, and worked personally for former FSI Ambassador Ruth Davis. In her final semester in college, Marina interned at Amlev Dershowitz Communications, at which she worked primarily with Fortune-500 and Homeland Security clients. Currently, Marina works with the Maryland State Department of Education as a communications and youth development specialist, where her primary duties include serving as spokesperson for the PRIDE: Maryland Public Schools campaign, and facilitating First Lady of Maryland Kendall Ehrlich's Teen Advisory Council for Teen Substance Abuse.
Marina entered her first pageant at age 21, when her parents informed her that she would not be able to continue her education at the University of Maryland without scholarship assistance. Just 18 months and more than $52,000 in scholarships later, Marina received her bachelors in communication/public relations with a minor in government & politics in May 2003. She hopes to obtain a joint Juris doctorate and masters of business administration and eventually become the White House Press Secretary one day.
Born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Marina, 23, grew up all over the Unites States as a "military brat.
HometownAnnapolis.com, Top Stories - Severn resident implores others to 'find your passion'
www.hometownannapolis.com, 22 Feb 2006 [cached]
Marina Harrison during a meeting at the Maryland Department of Education.
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In her elementary school days, Marina Harrison was known to teachers as a "Chatty Cathy."
As she grew, though, she put her verbal skills to good use.By eighth grade she was hosting the "Top 5" talk show on the morning announcements at Bates Middle School in Annapolis.
"We'd do the top five songs of the week," the 25-year-old Severn resident recalled."It was so corny, but we lived for it."
As the voice behind the morning announcements, Ms. Harrison realized early on she was good at talking, and passionate about it.So in her teen years, she formed a strategic plan to pave her way toward a rewarding career in communications.
The 1999 Meade High School graduate said that plan has taken her beyond her wildest dreams.She served as the student member of the county school board during her senior year, represented Maryland in the Miss America and Miss USA pageants and, as a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Education, has spoken to thousands of students about finding their passion early.
Today, the ambitious young professional is the public information officer for Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State.
"I'm really lucky," she said.
A tireless advocate for public education, Ms. Harrison launched her "Start Today" tour in 2003, giving motivational speeches at roughly 150 schools across the state and nation.
"I had (students) repeat after me, 'I can be what I want to be someday.But if I really, really want it, I've got to start today,' " she said."When I say 'Find your passion,' in the same way, I'm saying, 'Find your identity.' "
Ms. Harrison found hers early on.During the 1998-99 school year, she helped set policies and make budgetary decisions as the student member of the county school board.
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Last year, Ms. Harrison was one of 10 semifinalists in the Miss USA competition, an experience she called "invaluable."
"When I got to Miss USA, I was in my element," she said."I just really relaxed and soaked up the moment."
In December, she took her communications skills to the next level by taking the job in the Office of the Secretary of State.She focuses her efforts on international relations, charitable registration and community outreach.She also coordinates the office's public speaking bureau and serves as press liaison.
Secretary of State Mary D. Kane said she expanded Ms. Harrison's post to include playing a major role in the Maryland Sister States program, which works to foster relationships with ambassadors from states in foreign countries.
"She has an amazing personality and the ability to relate to people across all lines," she said."She hasn't been here that long, but boy, she's really made a difference."
Ms. Harrison hasn't stopped reaching for the stars, though.She already has set her next goal: to become the White House press secretary.
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marylandpublicschools.org, 21 May 2013 [cached]
MSDE PRIDE in Public Schools spokesperson Marina Harrison also is featured.
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See the winning moment when MSDE's Marina Harrison is crowned "Miss Maryland USA," her appearance before the Board, and the rest of the Board News including a meeting at the new African American Museum in Baltimore.
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Finally, comments from students delegates to the U.S. Youth Senate program, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, and Miss Maryland, 2003, Marina Harrison.
MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CELEBRATES AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK
www.marylandpublicschools.org, 12 Nov 2004 [cached]
Wednesday, November 17, Marina Harrison, 2003 Miss Maryland and current youth development specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education, will serve as a guest speaker from 8 to 9 a.m. at Pimlico Middle School in Baltimore City for an American Education Week event commemorating this year's theme, "Achieving America's Dream."Marina will share her inspirational message about setting goals and the importance of education.
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