A Pierce County connection to the Ms. America pageant
PRESCOTT--There is a Pierce County connection to this year’s Miss America Pageant.
Matter of fact, the connection specifically lies around the Prescott area, as Jim and Jeanette Hovel’s granddaughter, Rebecca Yeh, will represent Minnesota in the pageant.
Rebecca’s mother is Kathy (Hovel) Yeh, who graduated from Prescott High School in 1978. Jim and Jeanette have six children, five of whom live within the Prescott area. Kathy is the only outsider, as she and husband Tim have called Nisswa, Minn., which is outside of Brainerd, Minn., home since 1990. Rebecca is one of four children, along with Tim, Philip and Sarah.
“Members of my family are my biggest fans,” Rebecca said on her website, www.rebeccayeh.com. “Not only are they my best friends, but they keep my eyes on the straight and narrow path of life.”
A late start
Rebecca, age 20, recently completed her sophomore year at Ohio Northern University, where she is pursuing a career as a clinical pharmacist.
Her father Tim said Rebecca has only been in the pageant world the last two years. She qualified for Ms. America after winning the Ms. Minnesota pageant in June. It was her second attempt at Ms. Minnesota, as she finished second last year.
“It wasn’t elation as more relief,” Tim said when she was named Ms. Minnesota. It’s safe to say Rebecca dominated the competition, as she won the preliminary talent, swimsuit and the overall interview. “She had the mindset of I came to accomplish what I wanted to do.”
For more please read the Sept. 11 print version of the Herald.