Miss Maryland-Rush Chair Agonizes, Draws Derision

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But it's uncommon for many state representatives to attend school while fulfilling their duties, said Miss America spokeswoman Bonnie MacIsaac, given their schedule of appearances for their sponsors, their personal platforms and for local events.

"Their schedules are never ending," she said. "Most of them defer their education for a year or so, until after Miss America."

Guy participated in pageants in the past, and was third-runner up in Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen competition 2008, MacIsaac said.

In addition to taking home the title of Miss Maryland this year, MacIsaac said Guy won the swimsuit and talent preliminary competitions, and was the overall winner in the interview round.

In the letter, Guy said she planned to return from the Miss America pageant in time for Cornell's rush week in January.

Linda Kahangi, executive director of Alpha Phi international sorority, said Guy's letter shouldn't be perceived as embarrassing.

"I think it was a great lesson, always write things as if your mom, dad, aunts, uncles, or pastor could read them," she said.

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