Visiting schools is one of my favorite things to do as a titleholder and speaker. Walking into the building and brightening up students day is the BEST feeling! A couple of weeks ago, I was able to visit Montclair Elementary School and speak throughout the day with every grade level, Kindergarten-6th, about health/fitness, my journey with pediatric cancer, and the importance of service. From racing with 1st graders on the field to speaking with children who had been impacted by cancer, it was an unforgettable day. One of the sweetest parts was having the little kindergarteners try on my crown and then them picking me a bouquet flowers.
At the school, two children have survived cancer and one has unfortunately passed away. Because of this, the school has become quite involved in the fight! During my speeches, I had the opportunity to honor these kids and even do some of the run/walk laps with them. The school has partnered with the #GoldTogether for Childhood Cancer Relay for Life team. They have held multiple fundraisers such as jar wars, selling t-shirts, and sending home luminaria bags. All of the students, parents, and educators are extremely supportive, dedicated, and passionate to this fight and I am forever grateful to every single one of them!
I hope to visit to Montclair again very soon!
In January, I was honored to be crowned Miss Orlando's Outstanding Teen 2019!! I was lucky enough to have my whole family and a ton of sweet friends attend the pageant in my support. One of the highlights of the night was having my little brother, Blake, be my Sunshine Prince. The Sunshine Prince and Princess program is an opportunity for children ages 5-12 to be mentored by titleholders while learning about the importance of service. Blake had the best time and cannot wait to make his Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen debut!
When I was crowned, I joined an amazing sisterhood full of women on the move, who are striving for excellence and continuing to positively impact their communities. I am in awe of everything that they have accomplished!
I am also extremely excited to have such incredible sister queens this year. So much love for you Megan, Lindsay, and Jaiden!
The main message that I hope to spread throughout my year of service is that with every obstacle you face, you can overcome it through having faith and knowing that in the end it will all be for the better! I want to use my story in order to inspire others to get out in their communities and volunteer for whichever cause they are most passionate about in order to make a difference.
Signing off with a very full heart,