Dear Contestants, Family and Friends,
In July 2010, I realized my dreams really could come true, when I was crowned the Miss Florida Princess queen. “Miracles Happen” played in the background as bubbles slowly drifted down. I couldn’t believe it was happening to me, as this was my very first pageant and I was living my dream right on the stage!
What a busy year it has been! I raised money for the charity “Locks of Love”, which I had been involved with since I donated 10” of my hair back in 2008. I was able to visit their headquarters and learned how they make wigs for children with cancer or alopecia. I also volunteered by serving breakfast to the homeless and participated in a charity walk against blindness. The Governor of Florida recognized me for my charitable work and achievements with National American Miss. And last fall, I rode in a convertible in my hometown parade … what an honor that was!
The highlight of my year was attending the National pageant in Anaheim, California. I was able to go to Disneyland, Thanksgiving dinner, fun rehearsals and met some wonderful friends along the way! I also spent some time with my wonderful sister queens. What a special week it was not only to have my family by my side, but my grandma and two aunts who flew in from Pennsylvania and Arizona.
I am so proud to have had the honor of representing Florida this year and would like to thank Steve and Kathleen Mayes, LaKishia and everyone at National American Miss. A special thanks goes to my parents, sisters Madison and Sydney, and Grandma and Papa Colombo; without you I wouldn’t have achieved this wonderful dream!
To all the contestants, dream big and believe in yourself. I hope you have fun and make lots of friends along the way. To my successor, enjoy your year … I hope it will be as magical as mine!
2010-11 Florida Princess Queen