Learning more and more about this job... Week 2!

Every day, I am excited to learn more and more about the job of Miss Arkansas! I asked Lacy Fleming Glover, Miss Arkansas 2004, if it is normal to feel somewhat overwhelmed at first. She said, “Oh Lord, yes!” Haha! Thankfully, I have received an incredible amount of advice and encouragement from former Miss Arkansas titleholders. Coming from a group of women whom I have always admired, I can’t express how much I appreciate the words of wisdom!

I am realizing more and more each day how wonderful it is to have the privilege of traveling the state and representing the Miss Arkansas Organization! This week, we released my official crown photos and Miss America shots. It was so much fun to receive and begin using the Miss Arkansas autograph pads and official stationary. I also met with Mrs. Micki Konecny, Miss Arkansas 1981 and my mentor, to start working on my talent piece for Miss America! She is such a fantastic choreographer and teacher, I know it will be an awesome dance! Renee, Lacy and I met to begin discussing wardrobe decisions for Miss America. Lastly, I met with Anne Marie, my personal trainer, to start my fitness plan.

My official crown photo! Make up by Jane White and photo by Jerry R. Davis!

My photo for Miss America!

It is amazing to realize how the title of Miss Arkansas follows me everywhere! When I went to Wal-Mart yesterday, I signed 6 autographs in the parking lot before walking inside. Haha! So when you see me next… I would be very honored if you asked for an autograph or picture, no matter where we are.

I had so much fun at several appearances this week! Thank you to Ouachita Baptist University and Stuttgart High School for the photo shoots at those schools that are so near and dear to my heart! Interviewing with 105.9 radio station was lots of fun! It was a great privilege to speak to 400 Arkansas high school business teachers in Hot Springs and to encourage them before school starts! On Saturday, I attended the Ding Dong Daddy Day Parade and Festival in Dumas, Arkansas. It was my first time to attend this festival, and I fully enjoyed my visit! Congressman Mike Ross was scheduled to be in the parade but couldn’t get away from Washington D.C. because of the debt ceiling debate. I was so impressed with the warm welcome from the town of Dumas, where I met a lot of great people! Thank you to everyone who made this entire week so memorable!

Photo shoot with Ouachita Baptist University. It felt like home to be back on campus!

How many hours a week did I spend in the lab?! haha... too many!

Photo shoot at Stuttgart High School!

Yep, I am a ricebird!

Had a great visit with the Promise House! Jennifer Cloyde, director of the Promise House and my boss, and David Perry, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist Children's home. Great people!

Board members of the Arkansas Business Education Luncheon.

Flipping pancakes at the Ding Dong Daddy Day Festival in Dumas, AR.

Riding in the Ding Dong Daddy Day parade!

After eating lunch at Taylor's in Dumas, they told me "Only famous people get to sign a dollar and hang it on the wall!"

I want to share some of the best quotes I heard this week. In a parking lot, a gentleman asked, “Are you really Miss Arkansas? They must have picked you because you have all the teeth in your mouth.” Haha, that was very funny! Today, a little girl in a cute cheerleading outfit yelled, “Miss Arkansas!! I live in Arkansas, too!” I absolutely love this job!

We have another exciting week ahead, including the opportunity to meet with more sponsors and to continue preparing for the Miss America Pageant! My best friend is getting married, and I will officially move to Little Rock. I’m looking forward to the first preliminary pageant after Miss Arkansas, the Miss White River Pageant. Speaking of Miss White River, I am so pleased to tell you Simone Mullinax will compete in the National Sweetheart pageant! This pageant is held for first or second runners-up in each state’s preliminary Miss America pageant. Simone will do an outstanding job representing our state!

I hope to see you at my homecoming party next Sunday afternoon, August 7, at 4:00 p.m. The Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce and many volunteers are planning a wonderful event, which they have named, “Celebration Fit for a Queen!” It will be at the Grand Prairie Center of Phillips Community College in Stuttgart, Arkansas. For more information, please visit the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.


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