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16 July 2007
JSU Alumna Jennifer Curvin Wins Mrs. Alabama Title and is Looking Forward to National Pageant

By Margaret Anderson
Community Life Editor
The Jacksonville News

Reprinted here in its entirety.

Newly-crowned Mrs. Alabama Jennifer Curvin at the pageant. Photo special to the News

As a child, Jennifer Curvin dreamed of entering beauty pageants. As she grew older, she did enter a few. She won the title of Miss Pleasant Valley High School when she was a junior. Then, at Jacksonville State, she entered the Northeast Alabama International Women’s Pageant and won.

Even after she and her husband Jonathan married, her dream of entering pageants continued.

On June 30 at Wright Center Concert Hall on the campus of Samford University, Jennifer won the big one. She was named Mrs. Alabama.

Judging was based on personality, interview, swimsuit and evening wear.

“I was very nervous going into it,” said Jennifer. “Once I got there and met all the women in it, the nervousness went away. They were all so nice. I made a lot of new friends. I’ll always have memories of it.”

She said Jonathan was initially somewhat reluctant about her entering the pageant.

“He was reserved at first, but then he knew it was something I wanted to do and when I want to do something he always backs me up,” said Jennifer. “He told me he knew I’d win it.”

She will use her new title to talk to children throughout the state during her reign.

Jennifer said she is looking forward to representing Alabama at the national pageant Sept. 5 — her husband’s birthday — in Tucson, Ariz. It will be televised on the WE-TV network.

“I think it will be an awesome experience,” she said. “And then to go on and represent the country in the Mrs. World Pageant would be wonderful.”

“I think Jennifer has all the qualities to make a great Mrs. America,” said Mrs. Alabama America Pageant executive director Rhonda Garrett Gilliam. “She is smart, personable and is beautiful both inside and out. The married women of Alabama have a great representative in Jennifer Curvin.”

The Curvins have a 2-year-old son, Zeke. Jennifer is the daughter of David and Tina Bryant. Her grandparents are Haskell and Eileen Pritchett and David L. Bryant and the late Mary Elizabeth Bryant.

Jennifer received a bachelor of science in family and consumer science from Jacksonville State University in December 2006. She filled in last year for a teacher at Ohatchee High School and is now awaiting a fulltime teaching position.

“I’m hoping for an opening,” she said. “I love teaching home economics.”

About Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson is the Community Life editor for The Jacksonville News.

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