On October 12th 2013 my dreams came true when I was crowned Miss Wayne County 2013! For about the first week I had to keep checking my crown box to make sure it wasn't just a dream. The day after being crowned I had my first appearance at the Redford Fire Department's Open House. I had a blast with all the cute kids dressing up as fire fighters and I even got to use a fire hose!!!
The following weekend I was honored to be invited to the American Business Women's Association's 9th annual luncheon and auction. I met inspiring business women making strides to promote women in business. Since its inception in 1949 the ABWA has provided vocational skills and career development training for over 545,000 members in over 400 chapters. I had a great time and even got to meet Elvis!! Can you say starstruck?!
This past weekend I filled in for Haley Williams Miss Michigan, at a Dr. Pepper event in Sterling Heights. I handed out free samples of their new line of 10 calorie soft drinks and signed autographs. Later that night I attended the Miss Washtenaw County pageant. It was the first time I had watched a pageant from the audience, it was very different and felt a little weird not being on stage but I had a blast! All the contestants did a fabulous job! The wonderful Kt Maviglia was Crowned Miss Washtenaw County!
I am so excited to see what this year has in store for me, and I am incredibly honored to represent my community.
As I prepare to pass on the crown to our newest sister tonight, I'd like to thank everyone for their support over the past year. It has not gone unnoticed, and I would not be here without it!
I learned many lessons during my time in the Miss America Organization, and was lucky enough to share the ride with a few best friends. I have no idea how to sum up with words the wild journey I took as Miss Wayne County 2012, so I'll let my slideshow do the talking later. Just know that every step I took over the past year was a learning experience, and I would not change a thing because it made me the person I am today.
As I take my final steps across the stage tonight, I'm sad that the past two years I have spent in the Miss America Organization are coming to a close. Luckily I have already started the next chapter of my story, and I could not be happier. Not many people can say that they are living their dreams, and I am blessed to say that I am, one day at a time.
With all my love,
Miss Wayne County 2012
photo credit - Ruth Olson - www.rutholsonphoto.com
It has been a crazy whirlwind since my last post! Since January 1st, I have made at least one appearance a week as Miss Wayne County, and sometimes even more than that! Hopefully you've been following me on our facebook page, but if not, I'll catch you up to date.
January included Miss America and the North American International Auto Show. I had a blast at both events!! I also did some platform work with the Girl Scouts and local schools!
February was the start of my "Irish Immersion" (Sheila's words, not mine!) It was also National Pancake Day for CMN at IHOP, and Sportsfest with Angela!
March (so far)
March started off with a bang, as March 1st was Miss Lighthouse Coast! I am BEYOND excited to announce that Lauren Allen, one of our contestants from this year, won the crown! She completed the Miss Michigan Class of 2013, and 33 girls from across the state will be competing for the crown on June 15.
The next day was contestant orientation, and we had the contestant number lotto in the morning. A surprising amount of planning went into hopefully getting the number I wanted during the lotto, and I'm happy to say it all paid off! I am in the Alpha group as #13! I was also excited to find out that Anjel was #13 at Miss Michigan when she was Miss Wayne County. They switched up how we were assigned roommates, so nobody knew what was going to happen. I lucked out though, and will be rooming with Miss West Michigan Mekeisha in June. I'm glad that I'm with somebody who knows the ropes at Miss Michigan!
One of us will be Miss Michigan 2013!
Wayne County represent!
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Hi! On October 6, 2012, I was crowned Miss Wayne County 2012 by one of my first MAO friends and Miss Wayne County 2011, Shelby Gardiner!
Every Miss contestant should have a "lucky" Outstanding Teen!
Miss Wayne County in review! I feel so lucky to be the newest member of this sisterhood!
Everybody has told me that perseverance pays off, and I found out that they were right! I am so honored to have the opportunity to represent Wayne County this year!
I jumped right into my first events the weekend after I was crowned, visiting Livonia, Wixom, and Redford for their fire department open houses. The Wixom open house was especially fun, because my pageant "partner in crime" Melissa Keith, is their newest recruit!
It really is a small world - Redford's new fire chief, Tom Graham, is the son of Don Graham, who was a judge for both The Parade Company's Princess Scholarship Program and Miss St. Clair Shores 2011!
I also had the opportunity to visit the pediatric floor at Royal Oak Beaumont with Angela, our Miss Michigan, and a few other local queens. Like Angela explained to our Beaumont chaperone before we left, visiting the children whose lives are touched by the money we raise for the Children's Miracle Network makes everything feel more real and special to girls in the Miss America Organization. We met some amazing children that day, and we may have even recruited a few new outstanding teen contestants! :)
I am so excited for everything this year holds, especially since I am already jumping head first into my year of service!
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!
It feels great to be back home from my recent trip to Las Vegas! I am still in recovery from all of the shopping, but I must admit that a lot was accomplished. Nicole did a spectacular job of representing Michigan, as well as taking home the preliminary talent and non-finalist talent awards! I also had the pleasure of meeting our new Miss America, Caressa Cameron, the night before she was crowned. She is even more beautiful in person, and she even shared a few hair styling tips with me. If there is anything that can make a young woman feel like she is ready to compete, it's attending Miss America! Being among the contestants and so many former Miss Americas was inspiring and also a reminder of how special the Miss America Organization truly is.
This past Saturday I woke up at 6:00 AM to travel to Muskegon. I was feeling a little under the weather, but still excited to attend Nicole's (Miss Michigan) wardrobe showing and meet Katie Stam, our Miss America. We arrived just in time to hear Katie's speech about her year of service. She was wonderful! So poised, down-to-earth, and a pleasure to listen to and learn from. Later on for dinner, I had the honor of sitting with Nicole, Haley (Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen), and Katie! After dinner, Nicole modeled her wardrobe for her week at Miss America. She looked stunning in everything, and I can't wait to see her in Vegas in January.
Hello! I hope that everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather we are having. Just when I thought it was time to pull out my winter coat, the sun decided to stay out a little longer. This past weekend I attended the Miss Washtenaw County pageant. I must say that although nothing compares to the excitment of competing, its always nice to be watching and cheering friends on from the audience. The contestants looked beautiful, and it was a pleasure to see all of the new and familiar faces. I want to give a huge congratulations to the new Miss Washtenaw, Rachel Sweet. We have competed in pageants together over the past couple of years, and I am very happy to have been there as she accomplished what she has worked so hard for over the years. It just goes to show the tremendous amount of growth that this organization brings out of each of us!
This past weekend was busy, busy, busy, but so much fun! I had a great time in Mt. Pleasant helping promote the Miss Michigan Organization and Snapple, our awesome sponsor. The first thing I did when I arrived Friday evening was start learning the dance that was performed at the opening and halftime of the U of M vs. MSU tailgait party on Saturday. Nicole, did a great job choreographing, but I was so sore the next day! It was also great to see old friends and do some catching up. I got to meet several of this years Miss Michigan contestants and they were an absolute delight. It is undeniable that this program is the best place to make new friends.
This week is Fire Safety Week in Redford Township, and I had the opportunity to appear at the fire station on Sunday. There was lots of important information for families to learn about fire safety, and I had my own booth to sign autographs. I loved being in the community and seeing families out together having fun!
It's been a week now and I think things are finally starting to sink in. On Saturday, September 12th I was crowned Miss Wayne County 2009, and I have to say that for at least the first 24 hours following, it felt like I was dreaming. I have to give a huge thank you to my family and friends who attended. Every one of you has been so supportive and many have traveled great distances to cheer me on. I hope that you know how much it means to me. I also want to thank everyone in my new MWC family. Thank you for putting together such a great program that I am honored to be a part of.
I made my first appearance as MWC this past Friday at the Northville Victorian Parade. Sooo much fun! I just love to see everyones smiling faces as they wave from the crowd. People came in some of the most beautiful costumes, and we got lots of great pictures. It was a great kickoff to this year, I can't wait to share so stay tuned for those pics!