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Jessica Furrer

Age: 22

Height: 5' 9"

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Brown

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
This past Christmas I went snow skiing for the first time. After learning the basics on the bunny slope, my friends talked me into testing my new skills on one of the hardest courses on the mountain... in a BLIZZARD. Several hours and several minor injuries later, I made it down the mountain having spent more time on my knees than my skis, but with my pride and body intact.

Please list any schools and universities (public/private/graduate/trade or technical) you have or are attending, as well as the area of study, graduation date and any degree or certification you received.
High School: Conway High School; Year Completed: 2000
College: University of Central Arkansas; Area of Study: Telecommunications with a minor in Theatre; Year Completed: 2004;
Degree: Telecommunications.

What charity/charities have you supported with your time and/or resources over past two years?
I am currently working with the Relay for Life in Little Rock, as the co-chairperson for fundraising. We are currently holding meetings and seeking corporate sponsorhips for our spring event. We hope to earn $1 million dollars for Cancer research
I also work with The Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock. This house provides families that have children in the Arkansas Children's Hospital with housing and support during their stay.
I also work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I am currently waiting to be assigned a little sister.
I have worked recently with the Boys and Girls Club in Conway, AR. I spent several hours visiting with children after school and handing out snacks.
Within my college sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, we donate a portion of our funds every year to The Pine Mountain Settlement School in Kentucky. This is an educational resource center for the local schools throughout Appalachia.
Recently I hosted the Carti Kids fashion show for the Carti Kids Association. The children put on a runway show representing All-American Girls. The funds raised from the ticket sales went towards cancer research for children.
Within Alpha Sigma Tau we volunteer our time often with The Conway Junior League. The Conway Junior League annually raises money for various causes. Sorority members volunteered our time and efforts to their fundraising event.

What would be your "dream job" in life?
To become an entertainment reporter for the E! Channel.

Name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes you especially proud.
The accomplishment that stands out in my mind is surviving the loss of my father. I am proud that I was able to pull through that experience and become a stronger person because of it. I discovered an inner strength that allowed me to comfort and take care of my mother while coming to terms with my own loss. God also helped me to continue to work and be a student, both of which were necessary at the time. Losing a loved one is a painful thing, but I learned that the pain can make you stronger and you will survive the loss and grief.

What are your hobbies and favorite activities?
Spending time with family and friends, Collecting hard-to-find DVD's, Working out, along with any other outdoor activities, Playing with my dog, Snickers, Card night with my girlfriends, Reading when I get down time.

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