Lamesa is now considered royalty in Texas. Native Morgan Matlock was recently crowned Miss Texas 2005. Along with her family, the community is also celebrating her victory. NewsChannel 11 brings us this story of big dreams in a small town.
"Just because you're from a small place, doesn't mean that you're limited in your opportunities," says Morgan. It's the motto the Miss Texas 2005 lives by. Born in Lamesa in 1981 Morgan planted her roots deep in West Texas soil and harvested a legacy treasured by her hometown. In July, Morgan shared that crowning moment with the city of Lamesa but it's the people of Lamesa that guided her through five Miss Texas Pageants offering spiritual and monetary support. "These people in this town have believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. They knew that this dream was too important to let go," says Morgan.
"It's been a dream of hers for such a long time. We always hoped that she would have that opportunity and that Lamesa would have the opportunity to bring her home as Miss Texas," says Kelli Matlock, Morgan's mother. Morgan's family has been there every step of the way with encouragement and support. "When you grow up and you have great people who have been great role models your entire life, it has affected her as a person," adds Kelli.
As radiant as the crown upon her head, Morgan dazzles her community with her 'bigger than Texas smile and charisma. As you drive into Lamesa on 87, a giant billboard graces the highway in honor of Morgan's victory. And that's not all, in a special ceremony Lamesa's Mayor proclaimed August 28th Morgan Matlock Day. "It's really an honor to the community to have Miss Texas from Lamesa, TX. That's the least we can do is name a day after Morgan for achieving that goal.," says Lamesa Mayor John Farris.
To show support Lamesa even welcomed Senator Robert Duncan to honor Morgan. "That's a small town for you and I'm very faithful to Lamesa, I think that it's a great place to be," she says. A great place to be and be from. Morgan will compete in the Miss America Pageant in January of 2006.
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