Portales native vying for USA Today contest

Freedom New Mexico

Dennis Harper, a Portales native, has entered a contest to report on the first pre-inaugural cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Sea as a “reporter at sea.” The winner will be reporting from the cruise for USA Today with Gene Sloan for the Cruise Log.

Harper, now of Roswell, entered a video with a rap he and his grandson put together and was recently announced as one of the top ten finalists. The videos are now online for people to vote for.

Harper’s video is No. 9 on the list of ten. Voting opened to the public Tuesday and runs to 9:59 p.m. Sunday.

Winners will be announced during the week of Nov. 1. The pre-inaugural trip is Nov. 19-22.

To view the video and vote, go to www.cruiselog.usatoday.com