Because I'm on my way to the Gun Flint Trail in northern, MN and my hotspot is not very good, this will be a rather short post. I just wanted to let you all know that I am alive and well, enjoying my surroundings and loving life.
So what have I been up to the last couple of months...
Well.... I graduated from college.... three years later, I am proud to say I'm a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Augustana College! It's been a life changing three years and I am indebted to so many people that have helped shape me into the woman I am today. Thank you to all the professors who have challenged me to deliberate on my beliefs and have taken the time to educate me both inside and outside the classroom.
I drove to Pine Ridge Reservation to spend the weekend with people from all over the world focusing on human reconciliation and the Lakota culture. Words cannot describe the emotions I felt or the experiences I had. I pray that what I learned facilitates discussion and continues to bless me with relationships forged in solidarity and love.
I also had a very busy week leading up to Miss Minn...
Firstly, I was so honored and humbled to be named a Tracie Joy McBride Quality of Life Scholarship Finalist along with four other beautiful and accomplished young women. Thank you to everyone that has supported me in promoting my platform and helping me to prepare for this journey.
Secondly, I was awed by the support by everyone that came out to support me and Tiffany at our send off! You were all instrumental in helping us prepare for Miss Minnesota week and we love you all.
Thirdly, thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that came out to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at the Kolor Run for Kids 5K Run/Walk!! You made a dream of mine come true and exceeded even my highest expectations. Each moment meant so much to me, and your support will mean even more in the life of a child.
I also competed for Miss Minnesota :) A life changing experience!! I had an absolute blast getting to know all the beautiful and passionate women competing for the title of Miss Minnesota 2013. I was honored to have been recognized as the Miss America Academic Scholarship recipient and was so proud to represent the people of Waseca County at that level of competition. Congratulations to Miss Minnesota 2013, Rebecca Yeh! I know you have and will continue to represent our state with poise and beauty.
As a fifth generation Waseca County resident, I was honored to open the 163rd annual Waseca County Free Fair with the voice God has given me! A great evening was spent with Waseca County veterans, color guard, and fair goers.
I attended many parades with my lovely teen, Anna Burns!
And finally, I helped in preparing 16 lovely women to compete in becoming new members of the Waseca Pageants Family!!
Congratulations to the new titleholders, Katie Schroeder, Lauren Fellows, Sadie Odenbrett, and Alyssa Krum. I know you will represent the Waseca Pageants program with pride and have the time of your life.
More pictures and my farewell video to come <3