Sunday, October 26, 2008
Last night in Bristol, two young women were given the opportunity to represent Virginia in a national pageant. Congrats, ladies!
Miss Virginia And Miss Virginia Teen USA 2009 Crowned At VIC
Bristol Herald Courier, Earl Neikirk
Miss Virginia Teen USA 2009, left, Maggie Lawson and Miss Virginia USA 2009, right, Maegan Phillips, were crowned Saturday, October, 25, 2008 in Bristol, Va. at Virginia Intermont College.
By The Continuous News Desk
Published: October 26, 2008
Miss Virginia Teen USA 2009, left, Maggie Lawson and Miss Virginia USA 2009, right, Maegan Phillips, were crowned Saturday, October, 25, 2008 in Bristol, Va. at Virginia Intermont College. Lawson is 17 and from Bristol, Va. Phillips is 21 and from Quantico, Va. The winners continue on and Miss Virginia will compete in the Miss USA pageant.
Check out Monday’s Bristol Herald Courier for more info and photos.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Last weekend, I received an incredible blessing! My school schedule has kept me from being able to update until now, but I am finally ready to blog!
This last weekend I competed in my first Miss
I want to personally thank Sarah Fitzpatrick for her help leading up to the pageant. My evening gown needed a few last minute alterations that I couldn’t afford and didn’t trust to a new seamstress; Sarah performed them herself. She also loaned me her earrings during the night of the pageants when I left every pair in my hotel room. Thank you so much for your help, support, and continued friendship! As the “
I was really blessed to have numerous people in the audience supporting me. My mom had planned to come but my brother became incredibly sick a few days before the pageant. Even though I heard him in the background on the phone encouraging my mom to come, I am glad she decided to stay home and take care of him and his bronchitis. Doug, your time as escort will sure come again
Thanks to Carolyn and Mandi Dolan for being such wonderful people and being a great cheering section! I also had good friends Shannon Oliver and Katie Uze in the audience, who stayed with me during the weekend. The three of us are a true emblem of the Miss Virginia “sisterhood” and I appreciate both of them coming a long way to support me!
This was the first pageant I’ve competed in that I felt 100% confident with myself and my clothing. I walked out of my interview almost laughing with myself because I knew I had been so true to myself, even admitting the dorky qualities about myself that make me Laura. I really felt like the judges got to know me and why I wanted the job, and I was really impressed with the judges- they were well versed in how to run an interview! The questions were great, there were no awkward pauses, and the topics covered were a wide range.
The girls competing in this pageant were GREAT. It is so much fun getting to know new people backstage. Five minutes before the crowning, Amanda Jones and I were talking about where we should compete next. I suggested that we should both drive to Miss Apple Blossom Festival, and so when Amanda was crowned as
I consider it an incredible blessing to have won. The judges asked me in my interview what one word best described me and I chose “persistent.” I have never given up, despite the odds.
I’ve talked to many people about the power of this organization to help young women grow, and I feel that it has done just that for me. It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I won a pageant. I’m so used to driving and competing in a pageant and coming home, so all this week I left that “
I’ve been busy since getting back jumping back into teaching and volunteering yesterday at Virginia Tech’s Chocolate Festival, but I’ll have more updates soon! For the next few days I will return to “Student Laura”, but I’ll be back!
Thanks to Katie Uze and Hester Fletcher for taking photos, some have been posted on my personal website.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The winner is Shannon Cooper, and according to the blog I found, she's a senior communicative sciences and disorders major. She's originally from Miami, where she interned at the Speech, Language, and Hearing Center this summer.
She performed a dance solo to Christina Aguilera's "Walk Away".
Her platform is
I Hold the Key to Communication: Speaking Out about Hearing Loss, Who It Affects and How It Can Be Avoided
Friday, October 10, 2008
The contestants are Erica Gelhaus (2nd runner up to Karissa at Miss Ohio this year), Alicia Huyghe, Monica Johnson, Starkeisha Coleman, and Danielle Henry.
Best of luck, ladies!
Next weekend will be a "double crown" weekend as in Virginia there will be a new Miss Hill City and Miss Star City and in Ohio a Miss Portsmouth and Miss Scioto Valley.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The "old battleground states" OH, VA, MI: These three are current projected to go to Obama.
Ohio: McCain had the lead, peaking on September 11, until September 30, when he and Obama became deadlocked. Obama's gap has since widened, today giving him 48.9 % and the lead.
Michigan: Obama had been leading all throughout August, so it's not a surprise that this is the state McCain chose to vacate. Today, Obama sits at 49.1.% of the vote.
VA: Virginia's has been all over the place. After September 26, though, Obama has surged into the lead. Today, he sits at 49.9%
The "new battleground states"
North Carolina: Virginia's southern neighbor, McCain has had a dramatic lead in the state (sometimes an 11% lead!) but the candidates are nearly deadlocked right now.
Missouri: The same is true of Missouri. McCain had a vast lead in Missouri and was projected to win here, but it's too close to call as of today.
Want to know what the current polls are predicting? You can check out the site where I got my information and follow it up on your own. Yahoo has provided an up to date electoral map with polling numbers and state by state information.
Check it out here.
I'd really appreciate any help you can give.
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Monday, October 6, 2008
You can follow up on the latest election news at the website below, which shares polls from around the country. Keep in mind, though, that during primary season many news outlets called wins for Obama using exit polls and they didn't reflect the real outcome: sometimes polls aren't indicative of reality. They can be a helpful guide, but if close recent elections are anything to go by, we'll have to wait until late Election Night to really know what happened!
P.S. I know McCain had to pull out of somewhere due to finances, but Michigan? There are few places hurting in the country worse than the Ohio/Michigan area, and I think such an abrupt leave sends the message that he doesn't care about voters there. I guess we'll see how that one pans out, but I predict that MI will go for Obama in light of the recent economic problems on Wall Street and McCain's abandonment of a state in such desperate need of help.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
October 11th, 2008: Miss Hampton University
October 18, 2008: Miss Hill City/Star City
Open Stacked Pageant
Now Held at Dunbar Middle School
November 8, 2008: Miss Lonesome Pine
November 8, 2008: Miss Hampton Roads
November 8, 2008: Miss Apple Blossom Festival
Check out the Miss Virginia website for details and come out to support the girls!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
My fabulous Miss Virginia roommate and friend Shannon Oliver, Miss Virginia Beach, has been recording songs. It's not news to anyone that Shannon is incredibly talented (among her many other qualities!)
She has created a myspace to share her songs, and I wanted to provide a link here to people could literally hear what she is up to! Shannon is a great roommate to have at Miss Virginia for her endless entertainment and great personality.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Three winners headed to state