Today I joined Miss Florida 2018 Taylor Tyson and Miss Orlando 2019 Lindsay Bettis at Orange Park High School to watch them present Real Talk. Real Talk is a comprehensive educational program in partnership with Advanced Recovery Systems. The presentation shares the dangers of drugs and alcohol, specifically how it can result in substance abuse and addiction. It highlights the science and realities of this issue as well as welcomes real conversations. It empowers high school and college students to make informed decisions and avoid the unintended consequences that come from substance abuse. To learn more about Real Talk or to book a presentation at your school visit MissFloridaRealTalk.com
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I had a wonderful day of learning and being involved in this presentation.
It is such an important message that everyone needs to hear!
This past weekend I was surrounded by the most dynamic, talented, and incredible young women in the state of Florida! All of the Miss Florida and Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen candidates attended orientation, so it was wonderful to meet everyone.
Friday my Mom and I checked into the hotel. Afterwards, we went out and explored Lakeland (it's gorgeous). On Saturday morning I turned in all of my official paperwork and shopped at some of the incredible Miss Florida Organization sponsors pop-up stores (Regalia Magnificent Apparel and Ann Marie's Boutique). In the afternoon, we took a 2019 class picture with all of the candidates and attended a meeting. Saturday night, everyone went to a Lakeland Flying Tigers baseball game organized by Visit Central Florida and the Miss Florida Organization. Before the, game we met with attendees and signed autograph cards. Then, we watched Jessie our reigning Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen and Taylor our reigning Miss Florida throw the first pitch! It was a great night of getting to know all of the girls and watch a game of baseball!
Sunday the outstanding teens began the day with spending time with Jessie, who had incredible advice and encouragement! In the afternoon, a general meeting took place where we discussed pageant week and what the job of Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen entails. One of the highlights of the meeting was hearing from Forever Miss Florida 2006 Allison Kreiger Walsh. Sunday was extra special, because it marked ten years since being diagnosed with childhood cancer. It's incredible to look back and see how God has been constantly faithful in every aspect of my journey. Little five and a half year old Hannah would have never imagined being at orientation for Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen ten years later. Overall it was an amazing weekend!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the Miss Florida Board, sponsors, Jessie and Taylor, and all of the Forevers for everything that you do. I feel extremely inspired and grateful for this opportunity.
I am so excited to be back in Lakeland soon with all of my sweet sisters!
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,