I am so honored to have partnered with the exchange club this afternoon at their weekly meeting. They hosted a lunch in the club room of Hy-Vee and gave me the opportunity to present my platform to their members. I've only presented to classrooms of children, so this was an exciting experience for me. After sharing my story, speaking about my platform, and performing my talent (Molly is officially uninvited to all other appearances for suggesting this part), they presented me with a certificate of thanks. It was so much fun being able to meet and talk with the business leaders of my community and answer their questions about what being an Outstanding Teen really means.
I was so excited to be invited back to St. Mary's this afternoon. I got to read my platform book "Shapes Ville" to one of the adorable kindergarden classes and ask them questions about their favorite quality about themselves and their friends. Then we passed a hand mirror around the circle and picked out our favorite feature and told why we liked it. It was so cute to watch them studying their faces in the mirror. I also got to present my platform to another 6th grade classroom. After a powerpoint, some videos, and a question and answer session, we used magazine pictures to create what we thought a human would look like based on what the media advertised. Seeing what the kids came up with was funny and also eye opening. It showed us the unattainable flawlessness the media influences us with. This was definitely a day well spent!
Woke up early this morning and headed to Sherry's Dance Studio for pageant prep! Sadie and I had so much fun modeling, performing, and goofing off together in between times. After our mock interviews and dinner, we were blindfolded by our big sisters and driven to a surprise location. We were guided through a parking lot and once our blindfolds were removed, we found that we were standing in front of Grand Slam! Molly, our director, rewarded us for our long day of work with trampolines, laser tag, and bumper cars. What she calls our "Unofficially Official Send Off Party." Sadie and I were thrilled. I have so greatly enjoyed getting to know Sadie this year. We both just love laughing with and occasionally at one another. This was yet another time that I remembered how thankful I am to be apart of Team Waseca and their dual pageant. The girls and directors I get to spend my reign with are such beautiful women, on the inside and the out.
Today I learned the true meaning of being a part of a community. Waseca has not only made me feel like I'm welcome to celebrate with them, but also to share in their heartache. Caleb Erickson, a local Waseca marine, was killed while serving in Afghanistan, and the entire community participated in a memorial on old highway 14. I drove from Owatonna to Waseca along the road to where I was meeting my sisters, and the turn out was unbelievable. During the drive into town, there were individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends lining the highway. I couldn't help but choke up as I read sign after sign dedicated to Caleb, and I will never forget the elderly man who stood at the end of his driveway wearing his retired uniform in respect for Caleb and his family. Seeing the support shown by the Waseca and surrounding communities was inspiring, and something I am so honored to have been a part of.
Today I had the opportunity to present my platform to 3 St. Mary's classes. These kids were so amazing. I used a power point presentation to highlight my main points and also worked in my favorite videos from the Dove® Real Beauty campaign. Afterwards I got the kids involved with some visuals and fun activities that they had a ball with! I also got the chance to have the students ask questions. I was completely amazed be their interest in body image and using social media with caution. They really seemed to understand that your words are your strongest weapon, and that what we say about others should be positive and uplifting rather than judgmental. I couldn't have asked for a better school of kids!
Musical season has come and gone again and what an amazing one it has been! This year we performed Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." I played the role of Babette, a flirty feather duster who's hopelessly in love with the candlestick, Lumiere. I had so much fun with this part! Nick (Lumiere) and I loved playing off of each others sassiness to bring our silly romance to life. It took 2 stressful months to pull together, but it was so worth it in the end. For the first time in OHS history we sold out every show, and received a standing ovation at each one. It was so popular that our director added a second weekend as an "encore performance." I am so blessed to have been at the high school for this incredible show. The cast, crew, and pit were amazing to work with, and I made so many memories with all of them. It was definitely a show I will never forget.
We had Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen orientation at the Mall of America this weekend! I had such a great time meeting all of the amazing girls and learning the pageant routines. We went through introductions and listened to the directors and Corrina talk about what will be going on pageant weekend. After that, we were treated to some pretty awesome "swag bags." The next morning we got advice from Corrina's hairstylist and makeup artist, which also included more gift bags! We ended our weekend by making tie-blackets for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. This weekend is something I'll never forget. I got to hang out with 13 wonderful women who have the same dream as I do and getting to know them was an honor in itself. I can't wait to see them all again April 5th and cheer on whoever receives this years title.
Thank you for visiting my blog! Come back often as I will update with pictures and journal about various appearances I make, share my platform, and prepare for Miss Minnesota in June!