Miss Greater Sampson County 2010
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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!

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