One of my favorite perks of being involved in the Miss America Organization is being adopted by so many individuals who care about me and are interested in seeing me succeed. God has been so good to me lately, and I am blessed to know so many wonderful people that I can share good news with, not to mention the fact that so many of you have helped me get where I am today. It certainly adds to the excitement.
So, what is this great news you ask?? Well, I am proud to announce that I have been selected as the student speaker for the University of Michigan's Winter Commencement ceremony. A few weeks ago, I turned in a written copy of the speech I would like to deliver along with an audio recording and a resume. My words must have really resonated with the committee, and they have invited me to address my fellow classmates at my graduation. To add to the excitement, my family and I will have the opportunity to meet President Mary Sue Coleman (which I said I wanted to do before I graduated), and I will be sitting next to her on stage!! If you couldn't tell by now, I am super, extremely, ridiculously, incredibly, excited by this opportunity! Curious to know what I'm speaking about?? You're going to have to attend the ceremony, which takes place on Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 in Crisler Arena. Admission is free and open to the public. Also, a live broadcast will be carried on Michigan Television: WFUM-TV 28 in Flint and channel 22 in the greater Ann Arbor area. A web link to live streaming video of Winter Commencement will be available at: www.umich.edu/news.
Okay, on to more "pageanty" stuff. Last Wednesday I had the privilege of participating in the Redford Suburban League Fashion Show. I say privilege because the male models for this show happened to be some of our very own Motor City Mechanics (for my non-hockey family in Illinois, this is Detroit's AAA hockey team). Let's just say I had mistaken some of them for professional models when I walked in. I was pleased, to say the least, and so was Brooke Brennan who was there as Miss Troy. The only thing that topped that was the fact that I was asked to model a 1.5 Karat diamond ring. It was gorgeous, and I was secretly hoping it would get stuck below my big knuckle... no such luck. Van Dam'-s clothing boutique of Northville graciously provided the clothing for this event, and I had a great time showing off one of their ostrich-feathered shirts. It was faux, of course, no need to call PETA on me. My onstage escort, Chris, and I were not exactly professionals on the catwalk, but we made it work and the audience just loved the show. Overall I had a great time at this appearance. It is definitely one of my favs so far (not that the attractive hockey players had anything to do with that...)