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Communications and Youth Development Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education

Spokesperson
PRIDE

Spokesman
Maryland Department of Education


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Start Today

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ITS Corporation

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

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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'

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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.


Baltimore Times - Article - local news

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For Marina Harrison, there's no place like home.

Harrison, who is Miss Maryland USA 2005, will be among the delegates representing 50 states plus the District of Columbia in the 54th Annual Miss USA® Competition.The pageant will take place at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre on Monday, April 11 and will be broadcast live on NBC from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m.
"It's really an honor to represent the state of Maryland and having this competition here is really special for me," said Harrison."I found out in December that the event was being held in Baltimore, and I was ecstatic."
Harrison beat out 88 women from across to state to win the Miss Maryland USA 2005 title on December 5 in Bethesda, Maryland.The "crowning" moment afforded her the opportunity to compete in the Miss USA pageant and the awarding of more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
Eight judges will survey Harrison and the other participants and evaluate them based upon three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview competition.
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"I take it a little piece at a time," said Harrison."It's one phase of competition at a time…one dress at a time.It's also about knowing my events and what's important to me. It's also very important to be relaxed.I've taken steps to make sure all of those things are in place."
In addition to the watchful eyes of the judges who also include famed fashion designer Pamela Dennis, Raj Bhakta from NBC's "The Apprentice," model Nicola Breytanbach and Brody Hutzler from NBC's "Days of Our Lives," Harrison and the other contestants will also compete before a potential worldwide viewing audience of more than 250 million in 100 countries.
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"Competing in front of all of the viewers doesn't place pressure on me because I won't see them all at one time," said Harrison with a smile.
Harrison entered her first pageant at the age of 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, Harrison, who is now 23, was crowned Miss Maryland 2003.Although she did not win the Miss America title, Harrison was third runner-up to Miss America 2004.
"I just wanted to see what competing was like and walk away with something from my experience," recalled Harrison who works with the Maryland State Department of Education as a Communications and Youth Development Specialist.
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A College Park Scholar and May 2003 Lamda Pi Eta graduate of the University of Maryland, Harrison received her bachelor's degree in Communications/Public Relations with a minor in Government and Politics.The Fort Still, Oklahoma native has dedicated her life to promoting the value of public education.
"As a Communications and Youth Development Specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education, I get to promote the great things that are happening here in Maryland public schools," said Harrison.
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"This is such a mementos event," said Harrison."This goes on to Miss Universe which is huge, and exposure to Donald Trump is invaluable."
The reigning Miss USA Shandi Finnessey will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast.Harrison hopes the crown will be placed upon her head.
"I know that this event is going to fly by, and I want to soak it all in," she said with excitement.


Marina Harrison was crowned ...

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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."She has two brothers and one sister: Telemachus , 32; Demetrius, 19; Katrina, 30.


Clothing Doctor

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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.

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