Miss Ohio was only my second pageant ever, and I'm very proud of how I preformed. In all phases of competition I offered my best and I stayed true to who I am. Throughout the day the other girls and I grew closer. At some points I'd venture to say it was like a party back stage! Every girl there was so helpful and welcoming; it was such a positive environment. I did not place, but the girls who did, did so deservingly. I'm excited to try again next year with another year of dance and experiences under my belt.
The judges selected 17 year old Olivia Thoroughman to be our 2013 Miss Ohio's Outstanding Teen! I am very happy for her! She is a singer from Portsmouth and I've enjoyed getting to know her this week! Congratulations and very best wishes at national's sweet Olivia T.! (I will update more later; right now I'm exhausted!)
The Miss Ohio Style show was a success! I modeled in two numbers, casual wear and formalwear. My friend, Caroline Carter, from "Teens in Training Camp" last year at the national pageant flew to Ohio today and surprised me at the show! Caroline was 3rd runner up at Miss New Hampshires Outstanding Teen this year. We had so much to talk about! After a fun night, I'm ready for tomorrow.
My entourage for the Miss Ohio parade was a team effort. People from both sides of my family, along with friends and even two dogs, came to drive or walk to support me and my platform (pediatric cancer awareness). I felt so loved being followed by lots of cars and friends and family! We had a great time and hopefully made people aware of Alex's Lemonade Stand Fund!
My sister queens and I got some final preparation in at our Send Off. It was fun to play "Show and Tell" presenting our talent and modeling our evening gowns. We practiced interview with 2010 Miss Ohio, the mayor of Maumee and other volunteers. I'm so proud of my sisters. Everyone's been working hard!
Miss Ohio does a fundraiser every year by raffling off baskets that the contestants make. To celebrate summer, my basket is vacation themed! I contacted some Ohio attractions and asked if they would donate tickets or coupons. Because of their generosity, I was able to get tickets to: Miller Ferry (to Put-in-Bay); Kings Island; Monsoon Lagoon; Ghostly Manor; Lagoon Deer Park; Mad River Railroad; and the Presidential Hayes Home/Museum. I also included assorted summer items including Country Time lemonade mix and beach toys. Come to Mansfield and bid on my basket!
This weekend I teamed up with Kids' Cancer Crusade to host a lemonade stand. We had balloons, stickers, bandanas, cookies, bracelets, temporary tattoos and of course, lemonade. Many of the people who stopped by had personal connections with cancer and I loved hearing their stories. So many people have been affected! Thank you KCC for hosting such a worthwhile event.
After a busy week of rehearsals and a year of hard work, I got to preform in my studio's dance recital. There were lots of "firsts" for me such a being the flyer in a lift and using props (balloons, mirrors and glitter).
I was happy to learn from a phone call, that Ballreich's Potato Chips (made in my hometown of Tiffin) wanted to donate bags of chips for me to give to each of the teen and miss contestants competing for Miss Ohio next week! You can learn more about them by visiting http://www.ballreich.com/ Thanks, Ballreichs for your kind and generous donation!
In order for a lemonade stand to be a smashing success, you must let people know about it ahead of time. Therefore, this blog post is to invite you to join me next weekend! I've teamed up with "Kids Cancer Crusade" and I will be working a lemonade stand in Fremont, at Wal-Mart on Saturday, June 8th. Consider stopping by for your lemonade fix!