Friday, February 24, 2017

My Trip To Utah International Pageants


I was able to attend the Utah International Pageants! It is always amazing to meet and see contestants as well as Ansley, Miss Teen Utah International 2016. Here are a few more details about how my trip went!


The first day I arrived was rehearsal the ladies worked hard on mastering the opening number and different areas of competition. Rehearsals are always fun to watch, it makes me miss all of the girls from nationals. That is where the true bonding happens. From helping each other zip dresses to awkward dance parties to help calm your nerves, the stage is where most of your memories are made.


The second day was night one of competition which I had the honor to emcee at.I had never had the opportunity to emcee before but it was so much fun. I loved being able to see the ladies from that viewpoint as well as share with the audience about my year so far as Miss Teen International, Go Red for Women, and having a heart healthy lifestyle while on the go.


Early the next morning, were the interviews. I was able to help guide the girls through the process of interviews as far as how it works and what style of questions they will be asked. Some words of encouragement and a prayer was said and they were ready! The most important thing you can remember for interview is that the judges are not there to scare you. They were hand picked by the director and pageant board because they are kind and qualified people. The judges have read your paperwork and are excited to finally meet you in person. Plus, they have a hard job in some cases they are more nervous the you are!


After interviews we had a luncheon where all of the girls heard motivational speeches from sponsors and their wonderful director Tiffany McKay! There was a small break before the final night of competition. Of course there were a few ups and downs and nerves. One of them being a little princess who froze on stage! That's okay though, nerves are natural and she was so little! The finals night was awesome all of the ladies did a fantastic job. Congratulations to the new Miss Utah International, Maddie Jonely, and the new Miss Teen Utah International Madison Baldwin! Have an amazing year ladies!


"Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds." -Orison Swett Marden

Garin Harris
Miss Teen International 2016

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