After being crowned National American Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, I got busy with countless hours of volunteering and appearances.
My journey began by donating books to Children’s Mercy Hospital, a place very near and dear to my heart.
I assisted with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America charity events, provided meals to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, served as a buddy in the Miss Amazing pageant, encouraged girls to pursue STEM futures and exhibit self-confidence, and spoke to many civic organizations, just to name a few. I did all of this while serving as the Student Council President at my middle school and maintaining my great grades.
Nationals in LA was an experience of a lifetime. I learned so much about competing on a national stage, representing my wonderful state, made friendships that will last a lifetime, enjoyed Disneyland and Hollywood.
The themed rehearsals were fun and crazy. I was honored to receive resume and essay awards.
As this pivotal year in my life draws to a close, I want to acknowledge some special people. To my sister queens, Rylee, Emily, Sofia, Kourtney, and Bri. You all are so sweet, each making your mark in this world in very memorable ways. To Erris, thanks for the fun at Open Calls and Pageant Preps. To Breanne and Ryan, thanks for being encouraging directors. To Kelley, my second mom, to Sissy and Bryan, thanks for your unwavering support. To Gram, Pop, Grandma and Papa, your unconditional love spurs me to accomplish things I never imagined. To Daddy, the best escort around, and Mama, my cheerleader, secretary, chauffeur, mentor. Lastly, I would like to thank God, my compass and guiding light.
To my successor, get ready girlfriend, this year is going to be amazing. Your life will change, you will grow, and you can make a difference!
Maya Angelou once said, “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” I plan to keep on shining as I will forever be your 2014 National American Miss Missouri Jr. Teen, Maryn White!!