*A University of Maryland East Shore beauty queen has been forced to relinquish her crown. Porsha Simone Harvey was an honor student who studied dance, acrobatics, piano and violin when she first gained recognition in 2012 as a contestant in the Miss Delaware USA pageant, a precursor to the Miss USA contest.
Now, she has been charged with disruptive behavior in an exchange with a campus police officer, and, in a separate incident, cited for possessing marijuana in a Somerset County courthouse.
But as Harvey resigned Wednesday as Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and tells university officials that recent events devalued her role as a student leader, it appears that the choice to step down may not necessarily have been all hers.
In a letter to the former queen, the UMES Office of Campus Life, a division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, called Harvey’s behaviors “inconsistent with a UMES student and someone of your position.”
The letter, obtained by The Daily Times, instructed Harvey to relinquish her duties as Miss UMES and return a crown, sashes and office keys associated with the title. The letter was signed by Qiana Drummond, interim director in the Office of Campus Life.
“You are hereby suspended and removed from your position and role as Miss University of Maryland Eastern Shore,” the letter stated. “With receipt of this letter, you are to immediately refrain from performing all duties and responsibilities related to the position of Miss UMES.”
Harvey’s resignation signals a first in the history of the queen representing the campus either stepping down or being removed from the position.
Her attorney, William Hall of Salisbury, would not comment about the charges, and said Harvey was not discussing the case with media.
Harvey was first charged shortly after midnight on Feb. 15 during a Homecoming Week student dance at the William P. Hytche gymnasium.
Thank you to NBC4 for excerpts of this story.