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UCF Alumna Crowned Miss Venezuela
By Chad Binette Oct. 8, 2004
Photo: Courtesy of Jose Medina
UCF alumna Monica Spear, center, won the Miss Venezuela pageant on Sept. 23.
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Theater major Monica Spear crammed two years of courses at UCF into one so she could graduate in time to compete in the Miss Venezuela pageant last month.
Spears plans worked out even better than expected when she won the crown and a chance to compete for the Miss Universe title next spring in
Spear, an aspiring actress who just turned 20, enrolled at UCF in fall 2003 after she received her associates degree from
Spear, who grew up in
Spear had never competed in a beauty pageant until she won the Miss Venezuela title but has wanted to be part of that pageant since she was a child. She moved to the
Spear will spend much of the next several months visiting schools, hospitals and other places in
Im going to do my best, she said. If I dont win, then it wasnt meant for me. I have a lot of faith, though, and Im going to work hard.
After the Miss Universe pageant, Spear hopes to work as an actress in
Twenty-eight women competed in the Miss Venezuela pageant, which was held in
Spears parents and three of her four siblings attended the pageant. One of her sisters,
We were confident that she had everything it takes to win, Rafael Spear said.