I know the results last night were not what we were all hoping for, but honestly, I have always been a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. The experience I gained throughout this process was truly priceless, and as many of you know, my number one goal is to be Miss Michigan. There is nothing (besides family and health) that I want more this upcoming year, and I am hoping this opportunity not only taught me skills for my future career in broadcasting, but also skills that will make me a better ambassador for MAO. Paula Tutman pulled me aside after the announcement and said, "If you win Miss Michigan, we better be the first station to interview you!" Although that comment may seem minuscule to some, I felt like I had accomplished something major: positive media around MAO! I know it hasn't been easy being labeled a "beauty queen," but I will say that many Channel 4 staff members were asking me about my pageant experience, and I was able to tell them the difference between MAO and Miss USA as well as all the wonderful scholarship opportunities and friendships I have gained throughout my pageant endeavors. I truly feel I was able to educate them and even change their image of what a "beauty queen" is.
Bob Ellis (the news director) asked to personally speak with me last night after the announcement. He informed me how close the decision was and that there is not a doubt he can get me a job with another station affiliated with Channel 4. He is putting a demo disc together for me to send out. So you never know what other opportunities can arise from this. Thank you so much for voting for me! I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday!