Well, it is Tuesday, March 17th and I am finally finding the time to sit down and write all about my crazy weekend competing from 6 titles in the Miss America Organization.
Unfortunately, I did not win any of them, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have a spectacular weekend.
On Friday, my mom, Amanda and I drove up to Cortland, NY.
Once we got there, we checked into our hotel, ran some errands and just relaxed in preparation for the next two days.
DAY 1: Miss Liberty/Miss Heart of NY/Miss Crown City
We got to the location of the pageant around 9:30 and we got to signing some thank yous, meeting the other girls, and unpacking out things (which I did not bring because my interview time was later in the day). We ran over walking patterns, talked a bit and then, before I knew it, I was able to go take a break and get some lunch. After my lunch, I headed back with all of my belongings to prepare for interview. I spent some time growing anxious before it was my turn, since I was number 14 out of 16 girls.
For those of you that don’t know, MAO pageants consist of five parts: Private Interview (10 minutes), On-stage question, Lifestyle and Fitness (Swimsuit), Talent, and Evening wear.
After my interview, which was fabulous, I touched up my makeup and spent some time getting to know the other girls before it was competition time!
I got two great OSQ’s. My first question was “Which Miss America is your favorite but you can’t choose the last three”. Luckily for me, I am a big Kate Shindle (Miss America 1998) fan and was able to answer without hesitation. My second question was platform related, so that was pretty simple.
I felt my swimsuit could have been a bit stronger, but I was happy with it nonetheless.
Talent is always my forte, and I was pretty happy with my performance
I was proud of myself, which is the most important part.
Congratulations to Miss Liberty: Meghan Sinisi, Miss Heart of NY: Nina Zesky and Miss Crown City: Jamie Hughes!
DAY 2: Miss County Queens
After a long night of fire alarms and restless sleep, we were up for day 2 of competition. This sweeper was a “name your own” meaning you get to choose your own title if you win.
Interviews started earlier and I was number 5, meaning I was done early. My interview felt fabulous and I was thrilled with the conversation I got to have with the judges.
And let the competition begin!
My OSQ’s were a bit trickier today. I got asked “What if your strongest suit” to which I held in every urge to burst out into song and talked about my passion. My platform question was fantastic, as I got asked “What makes your platform relevant” and was able to really connect with the audience.
Next up: Lifestyle and Fitness. I actually have a picture from this one! I felt pretty good about this phase today, but improvement is always possible.
My talent on this night was on point. To show how proud I am, I am actually going to put in the YouTube video of my performance.
And my evening wear this night was a little off, mostly due to exhaustion and losing all ability to focus after two long days. I will have to work on keeping my energy levels up for sure next time.
Congratulations to Miss Five Boroughs: Ashley Davis, Miss Onondaga County: Jessica Brosofsky and Miss Greater New York: Jamie Lynn Macchia
Overall, I had a fabulous weekend, made so many new friends, and gained a ton of experience that I plan to take with me not only to my next pageant, but to all of my other endeavors. It was a blast Cortland!
Ah! Almost forgot! PS: I want to thank the AMAZING crew of volunteers who made this weekend happen, especially Jack, Melissa and Diana who helped this weekend be one of the best I have ever had!