Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Year in Review for Keanna Whisenhunt


Wow! This year has gone by so fast! I couldn’t believe it when I was crowned 2011 Miss Texas Junior Teen Cover Girl. This has been such a blessing and a great opportunity. To start off my year, I attended the North Texas pageant in Dallas. I had a blast, hanging out with my sister queens and helping out at events.
During my reign, I volunteered with the Children’s Hunger Fund and the San Antonio Food Bank, and walked for Cure Search for Children’s Cancer, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Walk.
I had the time of my life at Nationals during November in Anaheim, California. From the 70s party to the day at Disney, the fun never stopped. I reunited with friends and made many more. I was excited to return home with the title of National Cover Girl!
I also attended Texas open calls in April. They were so much fun.
First off I give thanks to God for blessing me with this opportunity. I want to thank the state directors, Steve and Kathleen Mayes, and the staff for creating such an incredible organization. I also want to thank my wonderful parents and family for their support and all they do. To my brother Kevin, you may not have liked hearing me rehearse, but you make a pretty good escort, and you always make me laugh.
To my amazing sister queens, it has been a great year reigning with all of you. Whether we were taking fun photos, or just dancing backstage, there has never been a dull moment. Don’t ever change, and I love you all.
And finally, to my successor, an exciting year lies ahead. Wear that crown well, and have fun. Remember to cherish the memories and capture every moment. Be yourself and let your light shine.
and for the last time, here I stand: Your 2011 Miss Texas Junior Teen Cover Girl, KeAnna Whisenhunt

Monday, June 11, 2012

It's Been an Outstanding year for an Outstanding Rolemodel !

To everyone,
WOW! Who would have guessed one year ago that I would become the 2011 Texas Jr. Teen! Not me ... Lol! It has been such an honor to represent our great state of Texas this past year.   National American Miss has touched my life in so many ways, although winning was the highlight of my pageant weekend, I have gained so much more.  I have had a blast meeting girls across the country, and met my lifelong sisters, partners in crime, my new BFF's Angelle, Samantha, and Mary-Grace. I have also conquered my fear of public speaking, grown in leadership by working side by side with the staff and choreographers, and learned that giving back to others is the greatest joy of all.
I have been very busy this year volunteering with many charities, such as  Light The Night Walk where  I helped raise over $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,  the Project Hero fundraiser where our community gave back to provide a home for a disabled veteran,  baked and served cupcakes to eager young faces at the Salvation Army homeless shelter and I continued sharing my heart weekly with the Shining Stars, a special needs dance team that has been dear to my heart for the last 4 years.

A couple of special thank you's: I truly thank God for blessing me with this opportunity to become a role model to girls across the nation. Steve and Kathleen Mays and Nam staff, thank you so much for this unforgettable opportunity . I have truly grown in more ways than I could have ever imagined.  To my Mom, Dad and my brother Russell, Thank you for always being there for me and for supporting me through everything I do. I dont say it enough but I really do appreciate all you sacrifice for me! I love you guys! And finally to my #1 fan, my Pops! Thank you for always believing in me. You are always there at every pageant and ready to cheer me on! You are the best grandpa any girl could ask for! I know Nana would be proud of me! I love you Pops!

 Ladies ....I would like to leave you with the top 3 things that I have learned this year that I will never forget .
1.    Keep God first . Trust him . He definitely has a unique plan for your life.
2.    Take a risk . Try something new.  Each time you put yourself out there you grow in self esteem, public speaking and poise.
3.     Enjoy being you. There's a quote that says ", Why be a copy when you can have the original ?"       
If youre at the Texas pageant, stop by and say "Hi".  I'll be the girl with banner and the crown.
Well... One of  them :)

Jer 29:11 & much love,
Sheridan Donevant

2011 National American Miss Texas Jr. Teen