Rachel Smith, a senior journalism major at Belmont University, was crowned Miss Tennessee USA in her hometown of Clarksville, Tenn., and will now move on to compete in the Miss USA pageant.
“Life couldn’t be more exciting,” Smith said. “ I just got back from a phenomenal internship, I have a wonderful group of friends here at Belmont and an incredibly supportive family, I’m graduating in December and now I’m representing the Volunteer State at Miss USA. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to represent my hometown of Clarksville, Belmont University and the state of Tennessee at such a level.
Smith serves as managing editor of The Belmont Vision, Belmont’s student newspaper, and previously interned for a semester in Chicago with The Oprah Winfrey Show .
“It’s borderline overwhelming right now,” says Smith, “but I’m not going to complain. I’m anxious for this crazy journey.”