SC State’s Crystal Harris crowned Miss Palmetto Capital City Classic

Friday, September 20, 2013

As the SC State University Bulldogs prepare to battle the Benedict College Tigers on Saturday, two SC State students have already claimed a victory for the university. Senior Crystal Harris, a biology major from Greensboro, N.C., was crowned Miss Palmetto Capital City Classic (PCCC). Junior Bridget Thomas was named second runner-up. The crowning was held Wednesday in West Columbia, S.C. during the Palmetto Capital City Classic’s 2013 Media and Sponsors Luncheon.

SC State University First Lady Dr. Monedia Elzey (far left) and SC State President Thomas J. Elzey (far right) congratulate Miss Palmetto Capital City Classic 2013 Crystal Harris and Bridget Thomas, second runner up.
In her capacity, Harris serves as the official queen for the 2013 Palmetto Capital City Classic, an annual football experience for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that brings fans from throughout the Southeast to South Carolina. This year, rivals SC State University and Benedict College will contend in the gridiron battle, set for Saturday, Sept. 21 with a 4 p.m. kick-off at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia (1125 George Rogers Blvd, Columbia, SC 29201).


“As an ambassador for South Carolina State University, I have experienced firsthand the spirit, unity and pride of attending a historically black institution, filled with a rich heritage. South Carolina State, Benedict College, along with every HBCU across the country, all strive for the common goal of providing a nurturing environment that equips and empowers students to reach beyond the walls of our schools and leave a legacy of success,” said Harris.

“I am truly honored to represent a great tradition of HBCU pride as Miss Palmetto Capital City Classic,” Harris continued.

Harris currently serves as the chief of staff for the Student Government Association, and she is a member of the Honors College.

Thomas, who calls Orangeburg, S.C. home, is a civil engineering technology major. She is proud of the exposure that the university will gain from the recognition that she and Harris received from the competition.

“Crystal and I are positive representations not only of SC State, but of historically black universities. Through opportunities like this, the community gets to see that SC State produces outstanding students,” said Thomas.

Now in its 12th year, the Palmetto Capital City Classic offers a variety of events and activities. For more details on the PCCC, including ticket information, visit