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Miss Deaf Texas Pageant (1985)

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  •  Contestants perform a dance number to Bette Midler’s “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” 
  •  Miss Sugar Land, Tracy Gwin 
  •  Miss Houston, Darcy Lazauskas 
  •  Miss Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf, Debra McCauley 
  •  Miss Greenville, Teri Selzer 
  •  Miss Irving, Marsha Smith 
  •  Miss Dallas, Severa Trevino 
  •  Performance by Michelle Long, reigning Miss Deaf Texas 
  •  Sportswear 
  •  Performance by Pat Duncan, former Miss Deaf Texas 
  •  Evening wear 
  •  Announcing the finalists 
  •  Interviews with the finalists 
  •  Awards 
  •  Announcing Miss Deaf Texas 1985 
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This video captures the 1985 Miss Deaf Texas Pageant in Austin. The footage opens with a dance routine featuring all of the contestants, representing regions across Texas. Each contestant is then given an off-screen introduction before presenting their talent, which ranges from dance to musical theater. The contestants then show off their sportswear and evening wear, before the competition concludes with the crowning of Miss Deaf Texas, Marsha Smith.
Located in Austin, the Texas School for the Deaf is both a statewide and national leader in deaf education. The school first opened its doors in 1857 with only four male students. In 2009, the school housed over 500 students on campus, with many others in summer and short programs. TSD also offers outreach programs to families of students with hearing disabilities outside the Austin area.