I have taken a little hiatus from blogging due to Pharmacy School. Having six tests in three weeks has been a little rough, but it feels good to be back on my blog!
On Thursday, I attended a fundraiser with PawPaw at the Governor’s Mansion for Paws in Prison. It is a program that rescues dogs from euthanasia labs and allows prisoners to train the dogs. Once the dogs are trained, the dogs may be adopted into a loving home. However, the true victory is the morale and behavior improvements that have been observed in the inmates. It truly is a win-win situation for everyone! http://adc.arkansas.gov/PawsInPrison/Pages/default.aspx
Also this week, I tuned in to watch Miss Georgia 2011 Michaela Lackey give advice to Alana on “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!” Alana became a reality TV star after making her debut on Toddlers and Tiaras and now has her own show on TLC. Knowing Michaela personally, I was nervous to see how her proper personality mixed with Alana’s unpredictable mannerisms. As expected, Michaela was truly graceful during her appearance. I was very pleased to see that the show didn’t twist the situation for dramatic effect!
I thought I would give you an update on what some former state titleholders in my 2012 Miss America class are doing now! I did the best I could but couldn’t mention everyone!
-8 girls are engaged: Washington, Illinois, Alabama, DC, Maryland, Alaska, Kansas and Wyoming
-Miss DC filmed a segment with “Say Yes to the Dress” in New York City. It will air in the upcoming season.
-Miss Georgia is married!
-Miss Hawaii is running for public office in the House of Representatives for the state of Hawaii.
-Miss South Carolina has launched a new campaign, “Eating Healthy and Fighting Obesity” and is always on the road filming commercials. Maybe she will release a book in the future?
- Several girls have gone back to college: Miss Texas is back at TCU, Miss Arizona is on dance pom at UofA, Miss Oklahoma is at OSU, etc.
-Miss Utah is a professional Nu Dance Jazz Dancer for the NBA.
-Several girls are modeling: Miss California and Miss Tennessee.
-Several girls are reporters or broadcast journalists: Miss Ohio, Miss New York, and Miss Minnesota.
-Miss Missouri is director of marketing at the Big Cedar Lodge in Branson.
-Many of the girls are giving back to the Miss America Organization. Miss Nebraska is now the co-director of Miss Nebraska Outstanding Teen.
-And I am in pharmacy school… just got to make it through the next four years of school, and then I can devote more time to making a difference in the world!
I want to tell you about two events coming up this week! The first is a fundraiser at Loca Luna and Red Door on September 27 for American Cancer Society. It is a celebrity waiter/waitress event, and you should check out the list of those involved!!
The second event is a Drug Take Back Event sponsored by the UAMS College of Pharmacy. Arkansas is actually ranked first in prescription abuse among teenagers. 71% of 12-17 year olds who abuse prescription drugs were given them, bought them, or stole them from friends or relatives. Make plans to be a part of the solution! Join us for the no-questions-asked Drug Take Back Event in the UAMS hospital lobby from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. on Saturday! www.artakeback.org