By TYLER MASK
If someone told you that you had a one in 60,000 chance to win something, would you even enter? Mineral Wells High School Junior Samantha Gray did and won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to go see pop singer Miley Cyrus in Miami.
Gray has enjoyed Cyrus' music since the beginning of her pop career. From Cyrus' time as Hannah Montana, to her current phase summed up by her “Bangerz Tour,” Gray considers Cyrus one of her favorite artists. Gray ultimately said she loves Cyrus for her music, not necessarily for her lifestyle.
“While everyone else in junior high was like, 'Oh, it's just Hannah Montana, we don't watch that anymore,' I was the one who was going to finish it,” Gray said. “I was the one who said, 'I am going to stick with Hannah Montana.'
“She is trying to get away from [Hannah Montana] and stuff, and to me, no one understands that because she doesn't want to be considered, 'Oh, you're that disney star. You're that Hannah Montana.' No, she wants to be just Miley Cyrus. And that's one thing I understand while everyone else doesn't.”
The get-away, which is an MTV Ultimate Fan Experience, was first revealed to Gray in November.
Between the time she entered and when she won in February, she tried to convince her parents into letting me go to a concert. One of her tactics, which her parents never would have imagined coming to pass, worked.
“I knew that she was on tour, and I looked into the tickets and [said], 'Mom, Dad, if I pay for tickets, will y'all take me,'” Gray said. “And they were like, 'No, I am not spending a dime on her. No, neither are you.'”