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Regis student Katee Doland captures Miss Photogenic award at Miss USA pageant

By The Office of Public Affairs

Regis University junior Katee Doland captured one of the highest honors in the recent Miss USA pageant – earning the Miss Photogenic award.

The 20-year old undergraduate student in the College was one of 51 contestants, representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia, competing for the title of Miss USA March 2, 2001 in Gary, Indiana.

Although Doland was not the eventual winner of the pageant – Miss Texas earned the top spot – Doland did herself and Regis University proud.

“It was a great experience,” an excited Doland said. “I did my best. That’s all I can ask for. The best part was just being there with 50 intelligent, beautiful women.”

The Miss Photogenic award earned Doland a $1,000 prize and a Hoya Crystal Trophy. Doland was selected as the winner by Pageant staff photographers.

The glare of the national spotlight is nothing new to Doland. She’s the reining Miss Colorado USA 2001, a former Miss Teen Colorado USA and a Denver Bronco cheerleader. In fact, she was in the international spotlight a few years ago while on the sidelines in Miami’s Pro Player Stadium cheering on the Broncos when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.

Doland was not among the finalists so she did not get a wealth of airtime during the pageant telecast. Still, viewers got to see her photo and brief background information during the beginning of the show and during a behind the scenes segment. During that segment, Doland was shown modeling her evening gown.

“I felt like a princess,” she said while describing what it was like to wear the gown.

Doland is also featured on the Miss USA web site.

That site boasts photos, biographical data, and answers to 11 challenging questions. Access the main site at: www.missusa.com. For access to an area highlighting Doland as the Miss Photogenic winner, including a video clip, go to: http://www.missusa.com/event/index.html. Finally, for background information on Doland and each of the contestants, go to: http://www.missusa.com/delegates/index2.html. At this address, click on the photo of Doland, which will provide a biographical data, photos, interviews and a video clip.

Doland also received local news media coverage as the lead subject in a recent Denver Post article by columnist Bill Husted.

After two and one half weeks under the national microscope in Indiana, Doland said she is happy to be back home and looks forward to classes at Regis.

At Regis, she is pursuing an interdivisional major in elementary education, specializing in psychology, fine arts, Spanish and history. In a Regisiana article, she credits the atmosphere and people as major influences in her decision to attend Regis University.

“I fell in love with the campus and it’s close to home,” the Arvada, Colorado native said. “I love my family and love being with them and friends. Plus I really like the philosophy of liberal education at Regis. Regis really fit my needs of what I wanted.”

She added that she “didn’t want to go to a huge school where you’re just a number to your professors. I like being personable with teachers and being able to go to them with any problems. You’re not just a number at Regis, you’re a person, a student, and they really do care about you.”

Doland is involved in a variety of community activities including being a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) volunteer, the Red Ribbon Campaign, Ronald Mcdonald House, Craig Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Denver, and the Denver Broncos Charities Fund. She also works as head coach of a high school cheerleading squad.

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