Over the last few months, you’ve read a lot about what I’ve been able to do during pageants while competing for local and state titles. I’ve written a lot about the hard work that goes into competing, the people I’ve met, and being at Miss West Virginia. Something that I haven’t talked a lot about though, and really the biggest part of being a titleholder in the Miss America system, is the service opportunities.
As a contestant in the Miss America system, I have adopted a platform, Healthy West Virginia. Through Healthy West Virginia, my goal is to promote fitness and healthy eating habits throughout my state. We have a Facebook group, and I’m hoping to pass a resolution in my county and eventually the entire state promoting the program.
*Photo by Day By Day Photography
Another part of being a titleholder is being a spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. While competing, contestants raise money for the organization. Through my fundraisers, I raised close to $2,000 this year, raising the second highest amount in the Miss West Virginia pageant. We also had the opportunity to meet with children at the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Morgantown, WV during pageant week.
Another major part of being a titleholder is going to events in the community. Throughout my year, I have had the opportunity to attend all kinds of events–a benefit concert for the Miss Berkeley County Organization, my own fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network, a car show, and reading for the Morgan County Energy Express (my favorite so far) as well as many others. These events allow us to promote our organization as well as give back to the community.
*Photos from MoCo Energy Express
I wanted to share this part of pageantry with you, because often people think that all we do is wear a lot of makeup and strut around on stage. That was really what I thought too before I started competing earlier this year, but I want to show people that it is so much more than that. I’ve gotten to know both myself and my community so much better since I joined the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization. It has been such a rewarding experience.
Please be sure to check out my Facebook group and Children’s Miracle Network page, and check back here for updates about events!
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