These past couple of months have been busy with a capital "B"! Since I got back from Las Vegas, I have made several appearances and done a lot of preparation for Miss Michigan. It's a good thing that I work for people who are very supportive of my work with the Miss America Organization. In the past month alone, I have been to the Court of St. Brigid pageant, a couple of Big Ten Shootout Challenges for 7up, the Strut Your Stuff pageant in Knoxville Tennessee, Michigan's Junior Miss, and Miss Michigan orientation. I like to think of orientation as the pep rally before the big game. On Friday night, my good friend Stephanie Frey was crowned Miss Lighthouse Coast. I know how hard Steph has worked over the years, and I am so glad she has the opportunity to showcase her talents at Miss Michigan this year. On Saturday, contestants turned in paperwork and were fitted for opening number costumes, but it was also a great opportunity to meet everyone. The best part of orientation is karaoke after a long day of taking notes on the afternoon's speakers. The highlight was doing the dance from Thriller which was led by my roommate for Miss Michigan week, Miss Jackson County - Cassandra Kramer! I can't wait for the next time I get to be among the other 29 women in June!