Two Rebels will be among the women competing for the Miss USA crown this year. Claire Schreiner and Emily Anne Miller will have a hometown crowd rooting for them when the competition is held May 16 at the Planet Hollywood theater.
'09 BA Journalism and Media Studies
Miss Wyoming USA
Got my start: Being from Wyoming, the opportunities in the entertainment industry are limited. I started competing in pageants and got the pageant bug.
Favorite part of the competition: I love the interview. I don't stress about having the "right" answer. It's more about letting the judges see your personality.
Least favorite: Not being able to eat cupcakes. The final question is also nerve-wracking. It always seems to provide the YouTube moment of the year. I'm praying that I am not that girl.
People would be surprised to know: It's both physically and mentally demanding. For the mental side, I journal every day. I also keep up on current events so I'm confident going into the interview.
UNLV experience: I came here on a scholarship for high jumping. That taught me some skills - time-management, hard work, how to prepare physically - and has helped me prepare for the pageant.
Post-pageant plans: Last year, I interned at ESPN for Kenny Mayne (a fellow alumnus, '82 BA Communication Studies), and I really liked being part of the broadcast world. But I have to admit my secret love is soap operas. I would love to act in them.
Emily Anne Miller
UNLV senior, majoring in dance
Miss South Dakota USA
Got my start: When I was in second grade, I discovered I was dyslexic. So as an incentive to achieve good grades, my parents told me I could do any activity I wanted. I had just watched a pageant on TV, and that just popped out of my mouth.
Favorite part of the competition: It's kind of weird but I really love the swimsuit portion because it's all about showing your confidence. If you can feel great walking across a stage in heels and a swimsuit, you can do just about anything.
Least favorite: Trying to get the glue off that holds your swimsuit in place. It takes days.
People don't realize: That Miss USA and Miss America are two different pageants. Miss USA goes on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.
UNLV experience: I think coming here was the best decision I've ever made. The dance department is well-connected, and I've had the chance to perform regularly and to travel overseas to Australia and South Korea. I hope now to go on to Miss Universe.
Post-pageant plans: I'll move to Los Angeles to pursue acting. It's also always been my dream to be a Radio City Rockette, so I plan to try out for the holiday extravaganza.