Picture from last year's May Contestant Meeting!
These princesses made for an entertaining lunch!
This week’s advice comes from my favorite Miss America of all time, Laura Kaeppler. Laura recently sent an email to the state contestants saying, “I have tried, and will continue to try, to put only my best foot forward this year and be the best representative I can possibly be. That does not only mean for the Miss America Organization but also for my fellow sisters. This is an organization comprised of not only 1 titleholder, but 53 state titleholders, hundreds of local title holders and thousands of contestants who compete but may not ever wear a crown. I am proud to represent the organization but also hope to share it with you as much as possible – as this is not a journey capable of being walked alone.” Recognize that your words and actions represent something much greater than yourself. Use your influence wisely! Laura is an excellent example to follow!
Posing with breast cancer survivors!
Me and Miss HSU Miranda Johnson
whose confidence is in him.
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
The Miss America Properties (www.missamericaproperties.com) is responsible for the Smart & Sexy partnership. The Miss America Properties is a new initiative to brand Miss America by creating more corporate sponsors and licensing opportunities. This means we soon will be able to buy “Miss America” products in retail stores across America. In case you didn’t realize it … pageant girls are businesswomen, too!
Posing with the models before the show!
Thursday night was the extremely popular Pledge Queen Pageant at the University of Arkansas. Miss Heart of the Ozarks, Sloane Roberts, was the reigning pledge queen, and many titleholders joined her to entertain during the pageant. When it was my turn to dance, I didn’t hear the first four counts of my music and motioned for them to restart the track. However… that didn’t seem possible so I just announced I would perform a cappella. After I was finished, the emcee said, “And that is why she is Miss Arkansas!” Haha, sometimes you just have to be flexible!
I am also proud of my alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University! A private, liberal arts university with only 1,500 students, we have eight current students and graduates competing in Miss Arkansas this summer! We also have a young woman competing in Miss Texas! We have not had this many Ouachita girls compete on the state level in many years … which makes this former Miss Ouachita Baptist University very pleased!
Happy Easter! Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ... 1 Peter 1:3
On Tuesday, I visited Hearts and Hooves in Sherwood (www.heartsandhooves.com). I knew it would be a great visit when I saw two boys greet each other in the parking lot with a high-five! The incredibly organized nonprofit is accomplishing many goals that are similar to those of my platform, Second Chances through Mentoring. They offer horse-riding lessons to people of all ages with disabilities, hippotherapy (with an Occupational Therapist), as well as Cowboy Ethics (an unmounted six-week course) for at-risk teenagers who come from Youth Home. I am pleased to promote Hearts and Hooves and thank them for the impact they are making in Arkansas!
Joey and Paul are part of the Citgo team!
Isn't this egg exquisite? She has been painting eggs for 7 years for this fundraiser!