As teen contestants, we may only compete one day, but the entire week is full of festivities and it is so much fun! Each day we went to rehearsal to perfect our production number- a dance to "Surf's Up" from Disney's Teen Beach Movie. Building on that theme, we danced with beach balls. Back stage, we had to be told a few times to stop goofing around with the beach balls, haha. Friday brought the style show and a great audience. We couldn't help but smile as the crowd cheered and called our names out while we were on the runway. Each night the teens sat together in the balcony and enthusiastically supported the Miss Ohio contestants through preliminaries and finals night. At the end of the week, we took to the dance floor at the coronation ball for the new Miss Ohio. Congratulations to Mackenzie Bart, our new Miss Ohio. She will represent us well at the Miss America pageant in September.
The state pageant is spectacular. Many girls want to discover their self-empowerement. This program has done that for me. There are no words to truly describe the incredible feelings of self accomplishment we experience when we're on that stage. We know we've worked hard and it feels like we can do anything. At the end of the night, I didn't make the top five as I had hoped, but I've grown more because of competing. I realized the magnificent role confidence and determination play in everything we do, and that even when we don't win, there's still an audience full of people who love you waiting to support you once you're off the stage too. So for anyone looking to discover more about themselves, or to stretch their limits, this pageant is a phenomenal way to begin.
Without missing a beat, the 2014 Miss Ohio contestants ventured into the community to sign autographs and talk with the crowds. We also rode the historic carrousel where I learned carrousel horses won't go faster if you ask with typical horse cues - lol! A now understandably extinct perk to being Miss Mansfield was a trip to Mansfield, England. Though we no longer go abroad, I had the pleasure of introducing myself to Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forrest. It's exciting to have a British sister queen around for the week!
The Miss Ohio Parade is a working example of community, family, contestants and friends uniting for a positive cause. My entourage was marked with a field of yellow Alex's Lemonade Stand shirts. It was a diverse group with dogs, tumblers (these gals were throwing back tucks on the concrete- wow!), a childhood cancer survivor, relatives and adorable kids. While on the route, my goal was to make the crowd glad they came and happy with their hometown girl. There's something unique about all appearances. During this appearance, a man signed "hello" to me. I recognized it as sign language and was able to sign a greeting back. I was glad to be able to connect in that way. Thank you Mansfield for supporting us all this week! What a spectacular city!
It was another jam-packed week, but I love being busy! The week was filled with countless hours of rehearsals at one of my favorite places in our little city - the Ritz, our historic theater. I performed in four routines this year and our family awarded memorial scholarships to all eight of the graduating Seniors. They all had fabulous applications and had danced with Christi. Now that our performances are over, I'm thankful to have had a wonderful year dancing with my awesome friends and working with dedicated, caring and loving teachers.
It was the perfect summer afternoon for an outdoor send-off party for our upcoming trip to Miss Ohio! I was happy to see my "sister queens" (Erin & Jenna) and my pageant director, Laura. The food was wonderful and it was great fun to speak with the attendees and to catch up with everyone. The next time we will be together will be for Miss Ohio week! I'm super excited! Thanks to the Miss Mansfield volunteers for putting together another wonderful event!
Thank you, Ballreich for contacting me wanting to donate their delicious chips to all of the Miss Ohio and teen contestants! I created little "goodie bags" with the chips including a can of Country Time lemonade and some literature about Alex's Lemonade Stand. Thanks, Ballreich's! I'm proud to be from Tiffin!
Wow! I'm surprised and happy to share that the businesses I contacted for the basket auction at the Miss Ohio, have donated $630.00 worth of items to my basket! Thank you, everyone! If you are coming to Miss Ohio, please bid on some of the great baskets to help raise money for the scholarships.
My Basket Items Include:
Kings Island: 2 Tickets (Cincinnati, $120.00)
Miller Ferry Boat: 2 Tickets (Roundtrip to Put-in-Bay, $28.00)
Monsoon Lagoon: 2 Waterpark Admissions (Port Clinton, $34.00)
The Biblewalk: “Family Pass” for all 4 museums (Mansfield, $75.00)
Snow Trails: Skiing, Tubing or Snowboarding (Mansfield, $96.00)
Ghostly Manor: 2 passes (Sandusky, $66.00)
Island of Adventures: Meal & Mini-Golf for 4 (Port Clinton, $45.00)
Presidential Hayes Home & Museum: 2 Tickets (Fremont, $30)
Two Zombie 5K Entries: Lake Eeerie Zombie Mud Run(Sandusky, $100)
Divergent – The Book Series (3 books: $36.00
I'm beyond humbled and blessed to have 51 individuals (and three dogs) supporting me and my platform in the Miss Ohio parade! They will all wear yellow "Alex's Lemonade Stand" tee-shirts and walk (and bark) behind the little MG convertible I will ride in. (Thanks, Grandma, Nee Nee!) I'm most excited about the 7 gymnasts who will be tumbling in front of my car while my parents are most excited about the "Alex's Lemonade Stand" float they have created to roll down the streets of Mansfield behind me. The parade was one of my favorite things from last year; it's amazing to have so many people come together and have a good time!