SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Ashley Zais, a 19-year-old senior at Wofford College, was crowned Miss South Carolina USA 2007 on Saturday, Nov. 18, in Charleston, S.C.
Zais, who will graduate from Wofford in the spring with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a minor in religion, is a professional model and has modeled with Elite in Atlanta, Avenue One in Tokyo, and Millie Lewis in Columbia. A native of Fort Lewis, Wash., she is the daughter of Brig. Gen (retired) Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell M. Zais of Newberry. Dr. Zais is president of Newberry College.
Following graduation from Wofford, she plans to take a mission trip to Africa, and then pursue a career as a major events planner.
At Wofford, Zais has been involved in many activities, including Campus Union, Wofford Ambassadors, Women’s Choir and Singers, Campus Outreach, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, intramural soccer, and Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority. She also is on the Orientation Staff and was on the Homecoming Court. She is a recipient of the Palmetto Fellowship, the highest academic scholarship awarded in South Carolina.
As Miss South Carolina USA, Zais says she will be an ambassador for South Carolina and an advocate and role model for young women. She welcomes the opportunity to speak about issues affecting young women today, such as healthy lifestyles, eating disorders and self esteem.