To the Contestants,
My year as National American Miss Maryland Pre-Teen has been a dream come true. Soon after I won my title, I was on my way to Anaheim California to compete in the national pageant. I met so many beautiful and hilarious girls who encouraged and inspired me the entire week. We went to Disneyland were I met the famous Peter Pan and believe it or not, I cried.One of my passions is serving my community, which I got to do by sponsoring my annual Shady Grove Pediatric Christmas charity, recognizing a local Girls Scout troupe, speaking at numerous events including Rockville’s Martin Luther King Day of Service, and appearing in parades. I also made appearances with State Senators, Mayors, and many local officials. I love the performing arts, and this spring performed the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid!During my reign, I met so many amazing leaders and role models - the CEO of Pepsico, Indra Nooyi; the First Lady, Michelle Obama; and the highlight was meeting Our President, Barack Obama! I even met the First Dog, Bo! I would not be here without support from so many wonderful people. Thank you to my personal cheerleaders, the NAM Maryland Directors, all the NAM staff, My parents for loving me and teaching me to pursue my dreams, and to my brother for being the best escort a girl could ever have. To my sister queens - thank you for making this year so memorable. I’m going to end with one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Suess; “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go… Oh, the places you’ll go!”So this is farewell and wishing you Best of Luck!From your Miss Maryland Pre-Teen 2013!