…..Miss Illinois International, Megan Vladic! Words that hold so much meaning and I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Before we get into the final moments before my name was called, let’s rewind. I began my International Pageant experience by taking a road trip with my mom from Chicago, Illinois to Kingsport, Tennessee. Nearly ten hours later we arrived at the beautiful MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. My experience at Nationals was unlike any experience I have ever had before. Competing in a national level pageant during a pandemic was new, uncharted territory for all of us. Nevertheless, I felt very safe and properly social distanced throughout the entire week. The MeadowView Resort, Matt Davenport Productions and International Pageant staff were fantastic and welcoming all week long. Tuesday and Wednesday were dedicated to service and giving back to the community My sisters and I visited Girls Inc. of Kingsport, Tennessee and Second Harvest Food Bank .