Service, scholarship, style and success are the four points of the Miss America crown. They are what define the Miss America Organization and young women must excel in each one of these categories in order to do well in the competition.
Service- My personal favorite of all! In 1989 the Miss America Organization created the platform. The idea that each contestant would discover what social issue she is passion about and is relevant to the world. I chose an issue that has deeply impacted my family and me in a negative way. By starting my platform I turned the issue into something hopeful. I now fight for a cause and by being a titleholder I have seen mountains move in my family’s life and in my community. I love my platform and the idea that each woman gets to choose her own and develop what sets her soul on fire. Each titleholder is a leader in her community and gets to inspire others through her personal platform.
Scholarship- Education has always been a priority to me. From a young age my parents instilled in me the importance of education; I always knew that I wanted to attend a four year university to get my degree after high school. Due to the fact that the Miss America Organization is the number one provider of scholarships to young women today, definitely was a draw for me to start competing. I adore how this organization encourages young women to be educated and succeed academically. By doing this they stand up to the stereotypes some of society has towards pageant girls.
Style- I absolutely love fashion; we are able to convey to people what we like without even saying a word. Each contestant develops a personal style that shows their personality. In each phase of competition contestants have the chance to share their style to the judges with what evening gown, talent costume, swimsuit and interview outfit they pick. I like to think of my personal style like a signature, something that is unique, but when people see it, they will be able to recognize that it’s mine. As cheesy as it may sound, I think any outfit looks better with a warm smile and some confidence.
Success- By competing in the Miss American Organization, you are bound for success. Through scholarships that help contestants pay for college, I have gained skills that have prepared me for a career after school. I am an engaged member in my community which has opened doors for future work. I have gained professional skills and stay up to date on issues that are important to society. By being involved with this organization, I have been able to make a difference in other people’s lives, as well as people making a difference in mine. As a result of this, I have made a deeper investment in my community and my life has been changed in a positive way.
Miss Eagle 2016