I am so beyond grateful for all of the opportunities I've come across thanks to National American Miss and my participation over the past 12 years. I started off as a shy young thing, terrified of coming out from behind my mother's leg. We all start from somewhere, right? But one of the more important lessons I've learned over the years is that where you start isn't anywhere near as important as the effort you put in to get where you're going. It never ceases to amaze me how powerful people can become when they set their mind to achieve a goal. I hope that you touch everyone with whom you come into contact this weekend. Every individual you meet is on a journey. Let your energy and excitement inspire you to make every interaction a special memory.
This past year I have had the opportunity to make various appearances, including riding in the Fourth of July Parade with my sister queens. I had a blast at nationals, getting to know amazing girls from all around the country and performing alongside them. I was very blessed to make dear friendships and memories. It was icing on the cake to place in the top 5 for both most promising model and photogenic, and let me tell you, my dessert could not possibly have been any sweeter. As my reign comes to a close, I must acknowledge that this weekend is going to be bitter sweet for me. However, nothing will bring me greater joy than spending the weekend with phenomenal girls and helping you all reach your dreams in any way that I can.
It has been said that life is about finding yourself, but I disagree. My involvement with National American Miss has empowered me with the courage to create myself. I stand before my mirror a strong 19 year old, poised between youth and adulthood, ready to take on the tasks that lay ahead of me with determination and hope, and I cannot wait to see how your experience with NAM inspires you. Let your newfound confidence empower you to be the best version of yourself that you possibly can, and above all else, stay present in each moment, focusing on enjoying every little detail. The journey is what makes achieving your goal so phenomenal of an experience, and I can't wait to hear about all of your journeys when we meet in person at the pageant.
Elizabeth Renee Pospisil
National American Miss Central Texas Teen