Last weekend I passed on my title to the new Miss Metropolitan, Alexina Federhen. The Miss Pride of New York Organization crowned three fabulous ladies including Alexina, Miss Liberty 2017 Nina Zesky and Miss Pride of New York 2017 Cedar Chambers. I was sad to give up my title, but I'm confident that these three will be amazing representatives of the organization.
I had a great year as Miss Metropolitan 2016 that included volunteering with HeadCount and the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County, making appearances at schools and around the community, and making top 10 at Miss New York again. And my voter registration work isn't over - I registered voters in the Ithaca Commons on Tuesday for National Voter Registration Day and I'll be registering more tomorrow at the Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival. I'm also working on more school appearances and will be singing at a fundraiser event for the Miss Pride of New York Organization at the end of this month.
Many of you know that I may not be competing this year. I made a post a while back detailing some of the reasons I wasn't planning to come back, and I'm also just insanely busy this semester. However, now that pageant season is in full swing with locals and Miss America and all of my friends competing, I'm really not sure what I'll end up doing. I feel like I'm being pulled in so many directions, but I truly believe that my journey in the Miss America Organization isn't over.
Despite not being able to eat as much pizza as I'd like during pageant season, I love pageants and I love the Miss America Organization. This organization has made me who I am today, and I truly owe so much of my success to the lessons I've learned and confidence I've gained from competing. I started competing in my senior year of high school, and here I am almost four years later in my senior year of college stronger and more confident and more driven because of this organization. MAO gave me direction and opportunity and a platform to develop my voice and pursue my passions, and I will be forever thankful for that whether I continue competing or not.
If I can figure out how to make it work with everything else that I have going on this year, I think I may be back. If not, I'm glad I have two more years of eligibility after this to compete. Either way, I'm happy to be able to stay involved with the Miss Pride of New York Organization and continue promoting Power of the Millennial Vote.
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