Thursday, January 29, 2009
I haven't had any appearances in the last week, although I have one on Saturday and may go over additionally to watch the Miss Hanover pageant. It has been a busy week adjusting to new classes and my new teaching assignment. I am helping teaching International Relations Theory, which is a great class. I also got my own teaching evaluations from last semester back and they were really good. My students evaluated me as "excellent" in every category so I definitely felt like this was the right career choice for me. I am taking a pedagogy course this semester as well to improve my teaching skills and to learn from other grad students about what they are encountering in their undergrad experiences! My grades from last semester also came out and they were wonderful, so hard work does pay off! This semester I'm also continuing to volunteer with Virginia Tech AWARE, which is a program at Blacksburg Middle School speaking to girls about self-esteem, making healthy choices, good friendships, and other topics. And it's a small world, because Miss Chesterfield, Stephanie Connelly, volunteers there, too!
Over the last couple of weeks I've been able to catch up with many Miss Virginia "friends and family" and I hope that continues! Best of luck to the rest of the girls as the local season winds down.
I have some REALLY exciting appearances coming up that I am so excited to share! On Saturday I am volunteering with a Girl Scout event called Step Afrika in Roanoke. I'm also planning my local Girl Scout troop here get ready for "Thinking Day" which is a day for local girl scout troops to learn about different countries by making crafts, sharing songs and dances, and tasting different foods. Since I lived in England for a year, our troop is going to be sharing some of my pictures from England and doing some great crafts. That is coming up in February. Also in February I'll be attending Miss Smith Mountain Lake, likely with some of the Hill City/Star City queens, because it's in the local area, and I've been asked to perform there. I'm also serving as a judge at the Mr. Nelson County pageant, a fundraiser for a local cheerleading team in Nelson County. I'll also be speaking with a local Lion's Club and Kiwanis Club here in February, so it's a busy month! Let's hope it stays a little bit warmer here, there have been a few times I needed a jump start from AAA!
I'm also preparing for a very exciting event that's coming up in March which I will tell you about more in the future as it comes together! There are several Girl Scout events coming together in this month that I am very excited to be a part of. I'm so glad I've been able to share my Girl Scout experience and connect it as Miss Hill City/Miss Commonwealth to reach out to others.
Keeping busy as Miss Hill City!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Last night I traveled to my alma mater to spend time with friends and watch the Miss America pageant.
And I did a little experiment. I watched the pageant with ten college age women- only one of whom had watched Miss
There were many thoughts that came forward throughout the night from this group of viewers and I wanted to share them, because as pageant fans, it’s rare for us to get to know what non-pageant people think from the audience.
This group of viewers instantly fell in love with
The group was bemused by what they called
The group felt that Miss New York was easily the prettiest contestant and they were pulling for her. They felt she had the best swimwear selection (as did the judges, considering she won a swimsuit preliminary earlier in the week) and they loved her spunky personality and fun tidbits on the bottom on the screen). They thought her evening gown stood out among a sea of really typical Miss America gowns and thought this girl projected confidence and spunk.
After the new Miss
The group also did not like the fact that girls were eliminated at each stage of competition and given little to no time to get ready for evening wear, there was even a shot of Miss
Although overall I liked the show, I wanted to share what a group of college age women who otherwise would not watch the pageant would think. It was an eye-opening experience for me, being a longtime pageant watching veteran, and it was funny how quickly my friends cast aside certain gowns with a simple “no-too shiny” or how quickly they fell in love with certain contestants who they clearly felt had the “it” quality.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tomorrow night, one amazing young woman is going to be given the opportunity of a lifetime in
Only one woman can win…so that means that 51 young ladies will walk away without that pretty crown and sash that they have been preparing their entire lives for. 37 young women will not even be able to compete tomorrow night, because only the top 15 earns the right to compete again on Saturday’s finals.
And I know tomorrow I’m going to bite my nails down to the core hoping to hear “Miss Virginia, Tara Wheeler” not just because I’m a Virginia fan but because I KNOW how outstanding Tara is personally. Tara is the epitome of everything this program stands for, and knowing who Tara is and what she stands for is truly a blessing; I only hope the judges got to see in ten minutes in interview what is obvious to me and the other contestants here in Virginia. Tara Wheeler has EVERYTHING it takes to be Miss
One question I get a lot during my own appearances is “Are you jealous of
Maybe some people will be upset if
When I think about the Miss America pageant, I think about glamour, grace, intelligence, and talent.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We are so lucky to have the world's best photographer, Virginia's own Julius Tolentino, out in Vegas taking photos!
Last night's preliminary winners were Indiana (Swimsuit) and Delaware (Talent).
I've included pictures of my favorite evening gowns! I have to say that so far Indiana and Georgia look EXTREMELY strong! Both are clear favorites on the reality show and with Indiana picking up a swimsuit win I am curious whether there is a lot of buzz about her out there in Vegas! She definitely looks like a Miss America, as does Georgia! I am still pulling for Tara, though! I know no one can match her speaking skills!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
On Monday I presented to the Pulaski Rotary Club in Pulaski, Virginia. The club was very welcoming and it was great to meet the members!
On Tuesday I attended a meeting of the Blacksburg Newcomers Club. I was invited by my friend Erin, because the club is working on a traveling sculpture whose proceeds will benefit the Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley. I was happy to contribute to the sculpture and meet some of the members of the club and share my story!
That afternoon I drove to Lynchburg to have dinner with a friend I used to work with. Then I spoke to a daisy girl scout troop and later a Cadette Girl Scout troop who I will be working with later on a fashion show!
On Wednesday I traveled out to Giles County to speak to a Girl Scout troop about self-esteem and pageants!
On Thursday I spoke to the Lynchburg Optimist Club which was a wonderful experience! The members of this club asked me wonderful questions and really made me feel welcome! Later that day I drove back to Blacksburg to volunteer as a Mary Kay face model for a woman I met at the Newcomer's Club earlier that week!
On Friday I drove over to Richmond to help out at the Miss Piedmont Region pageant for the weekend!
It was busy to say the least, but I really enjoyed it and it was great to meet lots of new people!
Monday, January 19, 2009
I don't know that I could ever hope to write about this weekend in an eloquent way without leaving something important out!
As many of my readers know, this weekend two new titleholders were crowned. I was absolutely thrilled to hear that Farahn Morgan was named the new Miss Mountain Empire. Farahn is what you can call a "spitfire" and has a wonderful personality! She was wonderful at Miss Virginia last year and had earlier been named 1st runner up at Miss Hill City/Star City.
I spent my weekend in Richmond helping out at the new local Miss Piedmont Region. There are so many times in my volunteer work with or for this organization that one can really be blown away by the dedication from people on all sides of the pageant. This pageant was directed by Sherri McKinney and Hester Fletcher, and if you have ever met either of these women, you know the commitment and love they have for doing this. Their passion was obvious during the whole weekend, and I was glad I got to see pageant production from "the other side".
The directors were wonderful, the judges were great, and the contestants were OUTSTANDING. If you have any doubts about the future of America, please spend a weekend with some of the ladies dreaming of becoming Miss Virginia. I heard stories this weekend of triumph over all odds, pushing through despite stress and grief, and I was just floored getting to talk to all of these women. I truly wish there had been a crown for every girl because they truly all deserved to be up on that stage in Roanoke.
Veronica Rohmoser is one very lucky woman because she easily just inherited one of the most fun and dedicated committees! I think every girl had a great time this weekend! Another one of my favorite things about this program is getting to know the younger girls, too! It was my pleasure to emcee the teen and preteen pageant. It's incredible what these girls do at such a young age! And of course, I got to spend my time with my favorite little girl, Olivia Fletcher, Miss Hill City's Preteen!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I want to thank all my readers for pushing me into over 10,000 hits on this blog!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Saturday, January 17th
Teen/Preteen 4:00 PM
Miss: 6:30 PM
Deep Run High School
Glen Allen, Virginia
So, who's competing?
Preteen: Alison Kinsey (daughter of outstanding spray tanner, Stephanie!)
Sarah Lee Fitzpatrick (Miss Lynchburg 08)
Taylor Witte (Miss Hampton Newport News 08)
Tamika Mills (Miss Hampton Holly Days Festival 08)
Stephanie Van Petten (Miss Chesapeake 08)
As you can see, this is going to be a night full of wonderful talent and should make for a great pageant! Please come out to support this new local and meet the new Miss Piedmont Region 2009!
Monday, January 12, 2009
First of all, I thought she did a great job answering the questions. I've been a fan of Miss CT for some time as she is a fellow grad student earning her PHD in physical therapy. I LOVED that she mentioned trying to prove that women can both be in pageants and academia! I've certainly encountered some people in my academic world that are quite surprised to find out how big the Miss America program is within my life, and it's great to see another serious student going for the crown!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Best of luck to all the ladies!