Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Last night was the Miss Tri-Counties/Nampa Pageant held at the Nampa Civic Center. This pageant was very significant because it was where, a year ago, our own Miss Idaho, Kylie Kofoed, was crowned Miss Nampa and given the opportunity to compete at Miss Idaho! Little did Kylie know she would be the one chosen to represent Idaho at the Miss America Pageant only ten months after the Miss Tri-Counties/ Nampa Pageant in 2010. I am so glad she was crowned Miss Nampa that night because I wouldn't have gotten to know and become as close to her as I am now. Last night I was honored to take the opportunity to perform one of my all-time favorite songs, "Lullaby" by Billy Joel for my MIOT director, Jaylee and her new beautiful baby girl, Tinley. During the evening, I was asked to be interviewed up on stage by Miss Idaho, where I talked about my year as Miss Idaho Outstanding Teen and my future plans. The pageant was VERY entertaining that the talent performed was fantastic! All seven of the girls competing looked absolutely gorgeous.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
The following day was the reopening of the DSW Shoe Parade, which hadn’t been a part of the pageant since it was based in Atlantic City. We were able to spend time with the Miss America contestants who dressed up as a representation of their states! Miss Idaho dressed as the “Gems of Idaho”. Each Teen contestant was paired up with a former Miss America for the parade and got to walk with them. My former Miss America was none other than Heather French, Miss America 2000! She was such a joy to get to know and is now one of my favorite Miss Americas. The parade took place at the Arc of Triumph at the Paris Hotel and was a definite hit! It was so cool to be a part of the comeback of the parade!
Saturday, the day we had all been waiting for had finally come. It was finals night at Miss America and the crowd was PACKED! The energy in the auditorium went to a whole new level as the contestants were broadcast live on ABC.
Kylie Kofoed, our beautiful Miss Idaho 2010, did splendidly in every event of the competition! She is a genuine gem of Idaho and I am so proud of her for everything she has accomplished!
In the end, Miss Nebraska, Teresa Scanlan was crowned Miss America 2011!!!! At only 17 years of age, Teresa has wisdom, talent, and grace well beyond her age. I couldn’t be happier for this incredible young woman. She was the first Miss America I saw crowned in person, and I am certain she won’t be the last!
The entire trip was so much fun and I probably won’t believe that I was actually a part of it for a long while.
Thank you to my family who took the time to come and enjoy this amazing opportunity with me, to Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen for arranging a fun-filled day for me and all the teen contestants, and to all the Miss America Organization and sponsors for making dreams come true every year.