It has been a crazy two weeks since I won my title at the Martinsburg Sweeps Pageant, with all kinds of paperwork and preparations, but it was finally time for Miss West Virginia Orientation over the weekend!
It was great meeting all of the other Miss and Teen contestants. They’re all beautiful, intelligent young women, and I’m so glad that I get to be a part of the group this year.
I know that there are a lot of stigmas surrounding pageants– people think it’s all about beauty and crowns and glamour. But it really isn’t. I think when I first competed this year, maybe that’s what it was about for me. But especially since I started fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network, I’ve realized what it really means to me.
Two weeks ago after I won my title, I put out the word on Facebook and other social networking websites that I was collecting money for the Children’s Miracle Network. And just in the last two weeks, people in my community have come together and donated more than $500. It really inspired me, and reminded me why I love my community and my state, and why I’m doing this. Everyone here is always willing to give help and support, no matter what the cause, and it’s my turn to give back and do something for them. So thank you to everyone who has donated. It means a lot to me, and I promise that I will do my best as Miss Potomac Highlands (and hopefully Miss West Virginia someday!) to give back to you and support you the way you have always supported me.
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