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A University of South Carolina student who grew up in Lexington will compete for the Miss South Carolina sash and crown this summer.

Meera Bhonslé claimed the title of Miss Gamecock in the annual pageant Sunday night at the Russell House on the USC campus in Columbia, succeeding 2017 Miss Gamecock Emily Doyle.

Bhonslé is no stranger to winning, having finished first in the Miss Lexington pageant and competed in the 2015 Miss South Carolina competition. She made childhood literacy her platform as Miss Lexington, and said getting to know the kids she visited to talk about literacy was “my favorite part of the entire job. ”

She won a $1,500 scholarship in Sunday’s pageant and will return to the Township Auditorium stage June 20-24 to compete for the Miss South Carolina title.

Hannah Davis was the first runner-up Sunday in the Miss Gamecock pageant, earning a $200 scholarship. Catherine Kirkland earned a $100 scholarship for finishing as the second runner-up.



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