A Texas Tech School of Law student will compete for the Miss America title.

DaNae Couch, a third-year law student, is among the 53 contestants going for the crown on January 12th.

The contestants will vie for the crown at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, during a live broadcast on ABC.

“One of the things that I believe sets me apart for the title of Miss America is the fact that I’m an advocate,” said Couch. “I’ve learned advocacy through law school and I want to continue to use that as Miss America.”

Couch, a Coppell native, needs the votes of fans to help her continue.

One Miss America contestant who receives the highest number of eligible and verified votes during the voting period will be chosen to participate as a finalist in the Miss America competition.

Fans can vote at www.missamerica.org/videocontest or by visiting the video contest tab at www.facebook.com/missamericaorganization.

Voters can only cast one vote per person and internet-accessible device throughout the voting period. The voting period closes at 1:59 a.m. on January 11th.