Miss Greater Sampson County 2010
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Sep
19

Less than two weeks and I will no longer be Miss Greater Sampson County!  September 11th, I attended the Miss Greater Sandhills pageant.  Emmy McLean was on the Azalea Festival Court with me, and gave up her title that night.  Emmy has been a wonderful ambassador for the Miss America system, and embodies what a servant leader really is within the community.  Unfortunately, my camera batteries died and I was unable to take pictures of this event with my camera!  However, some close friends took pictures and are emailing them to me–they will be up asap!  Congratulations to Leah King, the new Miss Greater Sandhills!

September 12th, I was asked to model by Gregory Ellenburg at the Miss NC and SC USA trade show!  It was great learning how the USA system works.  I modeled with Katherine Southard, Sarah Southard, and Aryn Ward–we had too much fun!

Me, Sarah and Aryn!

The girls with Gregory Ellenburg!

Tuesday, September 14th, I volunteered for the American Red Cross at their golf fundraiser at the NCSU golf course.  I came out in my NC State attire, of course!  I helped out with the hole-in-one fundraiser for a cruise.  I told the golfers that whoever won would have to take me on the cruise, too!

"Chip In" for American Red Cross!

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Aug
31

First, let me start off by saying I love graduate school!  Although much more time-consuming than undergraduate–It is concentrated on more independent study, which is something I appreciate.  My professors are wonderful, and very encouraging.  I’m planning on doing research this semester with one of my professors, too! (All of course while making the Dean’s List!)  I don’t think NC State will be able to get rid of me, haha!

It’s getting close to the time where I relinquish my crown, and am no longer Miss Greater Sampson County.  I’ll be a has-been.  As much as this saddens me, I can’t help but be overjoyed at the experiences the new queen will have, as well as where I will go in the future.  This title has helped to open so many doors for me, I’ve met many people who have touched my life immeasurably.  Okay, I’ve got to stop there–I’m getting teary-eyed just writing this!

I’ve continued to stay busy throughout the summer!  I was fortunate enough to be asked to help out with a “Pageant Camp”.  This camp helps young girls gain confidence and poise.  It shows the basics of competing in pageantry.  I talked with the girls about discovering what your personal community service platform could be.  Each of the girls knew of an organization that they had helped with or seen a family member help with, and wanted to become more involved.  Watch out Miss North Carolina, in a few years these girls are going to take the stage by storm!

Silly at pageant camp!

I also helped out with the Highlands Chapter at the Run for the Red!  This is a 5k and 10k run fundraiser for the chapter.  I visited with people and helped to pass out awards at the ceremony!  Thank you to all the runners and volunteers who made this possible!

With fellow Cape Fear High graduates!

Handing out medals for the fun run!

Great Athletes!

Handing out awards.

These guys were fast!

Since the Miss North Carolina Pageant, I haven’t seen Grace Ann very much!  Fortunately, we were able to spend some quality time together when we went to the Miss NC All American Pageant.  It was nice being a spectator, this time.  We also had dinner with our committee afterwards.  It was great seeing everyone, I’ve missed them!

Grace Ann and me at the pageant.

As soon as school started, NC State Campus Recreation put on a 500 pint Blood Drive!  It was HUGE!  Of course I went and gave blood, and also volunteered registering students to give Double-Red.  Thanks NCSU for doing a magnificent job encouraging students to donate blood. Go Pack!

Donating my Pint!

Alycia McLamb helped out with the Blood Drive, to!

With Student Body President, Kelly Hook-even she gives blood!

Aug
12

Aside from getting ready for Grad School at NC State-and of course enjoying what little is left of summer, I always find time to volunteer when asked by the American Red Cross.  Today, August 12, I helped to stuff over 2,500 envelopes going out to local businesses around the Highlands Chapter area asking for donations for the Red Cross Wine Gala happening on November 11th.  (I didn’t get one paper cut, either!) This event is the largest fundraiser for the Highlands Chapter.  There will be wine tasting, and a plethora of exciting dishes to try, along with a silent auction.  I suggest YOU come out and enjoy the evening!

Smiling, of course!

It's tougher than it looks!

Aug
04

Pageant season has officially started!  Mom and I made our way all the way to Gastonia for the Miss Gastonia/Miss Gaston County pageant.  It was a long drive, but well worth it to see Mikhaila and Shaina give up their titles.  It was great seeing some of the girls from the Miss NC pageant!  Adrienne Core, Miss NC was there, too!  Congratulations to Maddisson Sheppard and Brianna Eason!

With Shaina and Mikhaila, now former Miss Gastonia and Miss Gaston County!

With Kayla and Adrienne!

With Beth and Kevin from the Miss NC Committee.

Congratulations Ladies!

Jul
26

Miss NC may be over with, but that hasn’t stopped me from being busy!  I did take some time off to relax, but I love being active in the community.  Sunday, July 18th I was asked to judge the Miss Ft. Bragg Pageant.  There were several local talented girls that had worked very hard!  It was one of the toughest pageants I’d ever had to judge.  Thank you Mrs. JoAnn for asking me to be a part of your first annual Miss Ft. Bragg Pageant!

With Amber right before the pageant!

 

Saturday, July 24th I volunteered with the SAF or Service to Armed Forces.  This is a branch within the American Red Cross that helps link military families to their deployed family members.  We went to the NC National Guard Headquarters in Raleigh and had a session with family members.

At the National Guard!

Sunday was the first meeting for girls interested in the Miss Greater Sampson County and Miss Greater Sampson County Outstanding Teen Titles.  There were quite a few young ladies there, this should be a great pageant!  It’s so hard to believe that I’m about to give up my title.  The lucky girls that do represent these titles will be blessed with an awesome committee.  I wish I didn’t have to give it up!

Sarah Wallace was modeling my crown and sash, haha.

With Angela talking with the contestants.

Jul
07

I am so blessed to have been a part of the 2010 Miss North Carolina Competition.  This was a stressful week, but one that I wouldn’t trade for the world!  We arrived at check in and met our hostesses, they were hilarious!  These ladies took care of us the entire week at Peace College.  I was fortunate enough to share a suite with Sarah Southard, we had TOO much fun!  Sunday started out with rehearsal for several hours, until dinner time, followed by several more hours of rehearsal.  Monday and Tuesay were very much the same as Sunday, full of rehearsals!  Let me tell you, Meymandi Auditorium is freezing during the day!

Tuesday’s competition started out with evening gown and on stage question.  My daddy was so cute up there in his tuxedo escorting me around. He was beaming!  Wednesday night I competed in Swimsuit, and rocked the stage in my china blue Jayme Shaw suit, ready for the beach of course!  Thursday night I think I shocked the entire audience with my rendition of  Simon and Garfunkle’s classic “Bridge over Troubled Water” .

With Mrs. Gloria after Tuesday night preliminaries.

 

McNeil and me on Tuesday night.

 

Thanks dad, for everything!

 

Sarah Wallace, my beautiful Carolina Princess!

 

With Samantha, Grace Ann's Carolina Princess!

 

With Carolina Princess Madi!

 

With Hannah, UNCP's Outstanding Teen!

 

The Committee with their girls on Wednesday preliminary night!

 

With Gary and Sandra after Thursday night Preliminaries! (talent night)

 

Adrienne and me after Talent night!

Friday was Interview!  I, being contestant 26 out of 28 went much later in the day.  The judges were very nice and comical, I made them laugh several times.  Later that evening we went to dinner at the Capital City Club in downtown Raleigh where we met with several former Miss North Carolinas.  Jennifer Vaden Barth sat at our table, and told us about her reign and all the glory of Miss North Carolina!  After dinner, I, along with four other Miss contestants who had previously competed in the Outstanding Teen competition were asked to be part of the pre-show for the Teen pageant.

Grace Ann made the top ten!  I was so proud of her!  Congratulations to the new Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen, Kayla Hollingsworth!

Saturday was rehearsal again, then the final night!  Butterflies were everywhere backstage before the pageant.  The dressers came in and asked us where our clothes were IN CASE we made the top ten.  After opening number….I was lucky enough to be called as the third person in the top ten!  The entire night seems to be a blur after that point, as we had to change so quickly.

We ran off stage and into our evening gowns, Dad was backstage and beaming!  He escorted me with a huge smile on his face, because his little girl was in the top ten.  Next, it was a quick change into the Carolina Princess Number, Sarah Wallace-my lifesaver throughout the week-was thrilled for me!  Not only is she the cutest Carolina Princess ever, but she’s incredibly supportive!  After this number, I was rushing backstage to get ready for swimsuit.  That Blue bikini did it again, and was a hit!  As soon as I was offstage, it was time for talent, we had minimal time to warm up or even catch our breath.  I sang my heart out and couldn’t be any prouder of myself.

Congratulations to Adrienne Core! Miss North Carolina 2010! She is truly one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met, so down to earth and kind.  Adrienne will definitely make North Carolina proud in Vegas at Miss America!  Can’t wait to go and cheer her on!

With the Committee after Tuesday night Preliminaries.

This isn’t the end of my journey as Miss Greater Sampson County.  I’ve still got many more appearances to make, and people to meet.  I’m still growing as a person, and every person I come in contact with helps me and touches my life that much more.  Thank you to everyone that has supported me along the way in my journey!  Don’t worry, there will be more to come!  I love you all!

Jun
12

Hey everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying the gorgeous summertime weather!  I cannot believe it is June already!  Backtracking a little bit-on May 29th I was asked to emcee the Little Miss Sun-Kissed pageant with my good friend, Hannah Heintzleman.  Hannah is also Miss UNC Pembroke’s Outstanding Teen.  I also entertained with “Dancing in the Streets”  These girls were so cute!  Congratulations to all the winners!

Emceeing with Hannah!

 

Katy Locklear was there, too!

Later that evening, I was asked to judge and entertain at the Little Miss Autryville Pageant.  My good friends Alycia McLamb, and Alyssa Quattrone judged, too.  Let me tell you, Sampson County girls have got talent!  I’ve never seen so many driven dancers, singers, and musicians.  They were great!

June 4th and 5th were spent at the Sampson County Relay for Life!  I was honored to be a co-captain with Hailey Usher.  This was such a truly rewarding experience, as cancer runs in my family.  It was great getting out in the community, meeting people and of course seeing old friends!  Our team was “Crowns for a Cure” and consisted of several local title holders around the county. Our tent was themed “Las Vegas” as thats where Miss America is held.  Saturday morning, I entertained at KidsWalk where children could go and play games and continue to fundraise for Relay for Life.

Paul from the Greater Sampson County Committee and Grace Ann at Relay for Life.

Our team for Relay For Life!

Working at the KidsWalk table.

 

Singin' on Saturday morning!

June 6th was a blast!  Several of the local Miss North Carolina Contestants and a few Outstanding Teen Contestants went to Greenville at the Brody School of Medicine to fundraise for Children’s Miracle Network.  This telethon has been around for 25 years!  Then we took a tour of the Hospital, and learned about the new expansion to the children’s wing, beginning later next year.  We also met with several former CMN children, and heard their stories of courage and perseverance.

With a former CMN child.

 

Going into the Children's Wing.

 

With Brandon, another former CMN child!

 

Mallory and I have great taste!

Katherine was there, too!

 

I cannot wait for the next few weeks!  I’ve worked incredibly hard and am so ready for Miss North Carolina!  It’s right around the corner!  Thank you everyone for your continued support and prayers, it means so much to me.  I hope to make Sampson County Proud!

May
24

I along with 18 other Miss North Carolina contestants and Miss North Carolina herself had the wonderful opportunity to tour Fort Bragg on May the 20th.  Ft. Bragg is in the area that I represent, and being a Fayetteville native, I was no stranger to this military base.  We arrived early at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, then piled into 15 passenger vans to the base.  We met with several officers who gave us a briefing of what exactly goes on at Fort Bragg.  We even had the opportunity to eat lunch with the soldiers!  After lunch we went to the training area and used several of the simulators the soldiers use to prepare with.  We also jumped out of the 34ft drop tower! This was definitely one of the highlights of being Miss Greater Sampson County!

Thank You!

With one of our tour guides for the day.

With our new friend, Jordan at lunch!

Dani and I excited about "The Jump" later that day!

Some of the girls on the ride there!

 

Don't let the crowns fool you, we mean business.

With Mallory in the humvee.

Looking a little too happy holding a gun.

After jumping out of the Tower! So Awesome!

Thank You for serving!

Thank you 82nd Airborne!

Sunday, May 16th, tornadoes blew through Hoke County and destroyed several homes.   The American Red Cross was there on the scene, providing aid and shelter to those who needed it.  I went to Hoke County to help out with the clean up.   It was one of the most eye opening experiences of my life.  These people lost everything, yet were still so happy to be alive, and so thankful.  Rooftops were wrapped around trees, and siding was missing off several homes, yet everyone was so positive.   This is why the American Red Cross is my platform and I’m so passionate about it. 

Dumpster full of debris from a tree that fell.

Volunteers helping to clean up.

Cleaning up debris.

May
17
 

Cumberland County Schools wanted to help out with Haiti relief as soon as the earthquake occurred.  They successfully raised over $33,000 for the International Response Fund!  I had the opportunity to go to these schools and meet with outstanding students, who really showed a passion for their community and helping others.  Savannah Mullis, a third grader at Alderman Rd. Elementary, raised over $1,100 alone!  The school had a huge presentation for her and the Highlands Chapter of the American Red Cross came and presented her with a plaque.  Thank you Savannah!

Thanking the school for all their fundraising efforts!

With Savannah.

 Tuesday, May 11th, I went to Ramsey Street School to help them celebrate their fundraising efforts for the International Relief Fund.  Thank you!

With the Principal of Ramsey Street School, presenting the award.

 Thursday, May 13th, was a busy day! I spoke at three schools, and at a volunteer banquet that night!  We started out at Walker Spivey School.  These students raised money for the American Red Cross by selling red crosses.  Thank you so much Walker Spivey!

Thank you Walker Spivey School!

 We were on the road again to Seventy First Middle School, these students were one of the top three schools in the county for fundraising for the International Relief Fund. 

Speaking to Students at Seventy First Middle School.

On behalf of the American Red Cross, thank you!

 Next, we went to T.C. Berrien Elementary School.  These students raised over $1,800 for the IRF!  This is more than any other elementary school in the county.  The community came out in full force to support these students.  Chick-fil-a gave a chicken nugget party, and other local businesses donated items to these students. 

Speaking at T.C. Berrien

With Kim Fisher of the School Board

With the Principal of T.C. Berrien.

Dancing with students!

Thank you T.C. Berrien!

Dancing of course!

Precious!

 Here’s the link from the Fayetteville Observer covering the story:  http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2010/05/14/998880?sac=Local 

 That evening, I had the opportunity to speak and sing at the annual Highlands Chapter of the American Red Cross Volunteer Banquet.  This recognizes all the volunteers who gave effortlessly of themselves to help those who needed it. 

Thanking the volunteers.

Thank you!

Singing away!

I have a college degree!  Hooray!  Thank you so much to my parents for supporting me and helping me to achieve this goal.  Saturday, May 15th,  I walked across the stage at Reynolds Auditorium, shook hands with Dr. Gilliam–head of the Zoology Department, and received my degree of Bachelor of Science in Zoology, with a minor in Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

With Dr. Gilliam

With Mom and Dad!

May
05
 

Hey Everyone!  Wow,I’ve been really busy getting everything together for my Graduation on May 15th!  The weekend of April 24-26th was Work Weekend for Miss North Carolina.  This is where all of the contestants meet and draw numbers as well as learn what the production numbers will be.  I’m lucky number 26! 

Grace Ann and me before drawing numbers!

Jammin' out at the Carolina Princess Party!

With Hannah on Sunday!

 

Two Azalea Festival girls.

Miss North Carolina Class of 2010!