I’d like to introduce Alyssa Albers to you. We met two years ago when we were in a play together, “Auditioning a Ghost.” Her character was a girl who introduced the play, my character was an unscrupulous medium. We had fun.
Recently, we ran into each other again at the Birch Tree Logger Days Festival (written about on the page- “Birch Tree Logger Days”.) While chatting, she explained that she had entered the Dream Girls USA National Teen Miss competition. I asked her about her experiences regarding that event, and was intrigued to learn that, if you win a title, you don’t just put on the crown, travel around looking good, and that’s it. You are required to perform community service activities to retain your title.
She has volunteered to help with numerous events, and visited children in hospitals. She has enthusiastically helped other girls enter the pageant world, revealing how much work is involved (besides keeping up your grades in school.) We thought it might be entertaining and educational to chronicle her competition experiences, so if other young ladies are considering pursuing this activity, they’ll have a good idea of what is required of them.
That being said, I’ll let Alyssa take over from here…
Hello, my name is Alyssa Marie and I am the 2014-2015 National Teen Miss Dream Girls USA and Miss Missouri Supreme Spokesmodel.
When I first went to compete April 10th for Miss Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri, I was crowned Miss Missouri Supreme Spokesmodel. I couldn’t believe it! I’d been competing for twelve years at the time, for just a title of Miss Missouri, or Miss Kansas when I lived in Kansas; but I won a title over Miss Missouri – I won a title that was overall, out of all the girls in the state pageant. I then advanced to Nationals, for which my entry fee was automatically paid.
I can sure tell you, it took a lot of my time and effort. All the days of raising money… I was so excited for Nationals. I had been crowned with an amazing title that I wanted to show off for as long as possible, and it seemed like the time just flew by. Before it could even sink in, Nationals was already here, and the day of check-in. I looked around, I could not believe how many girls there were. I was mind-blown.
All the girls had a fun day at the zoo the first day – we were able to make new friends while touring the zoo, meeting the UK queens, Canada queens, and girls from other states. They weren’t just our friends after that, they were our sister queens. Everybody took pictures petting the sting rays and feeding the sharks, even just silly pictures with the zoo keepers. It was a blast.
Back to reality – the next day was competition, the first day was the spokesmodel competition. Spokesmodel was the most nerve-racking competition in the whole pageant. All the girls were so nervous, this was the competition you couldn’t mess up on – it counted for most of your points, you had to be perfect. How could you not be nervous, though, when you walk into a room with three judges just staring blankly at you with no expression?
Finally, it was my turn to go in – tensed up, hands shaking, barely standing up. I walked in, stood at the spot they had marked for me. I said my spokesmodel piece exactly how I wanted; I didn’t stutter, talk too fast (which is a really bad habit for me), I kept my posture just right, and I had perfect eye contact. It was so much easier than I thought, I wasn’t even nervous that I had done badly. I will say I was glad when it was over, though.
From then on, the next couple days were modeling competitions – red carpet wear, casual wear, evening gown, team modeling. You have to have perfect posture and the right pace and eye contact for every one of those.
My favorite was the team modeling. My teammate and I dressed in white dresses, with cow-girl boots and jean jackets; I loved our outfits. We even had a routine. After shuffling our boots around on that stage, they announced the winner of the team modeling. I remember my teammate saying, “Win or lose, we did it together.” Which we ended up not winning, but the girls who won were so cute, they had a softball outfit on and were tossing a softball back and forth to each other. I was glad they won, they worked hard on their routine and deserved it.
Another part of the pageant I really loved was the masquerade ball. We all danced – anyone was allowed in as long as they had a mask. There were so many beautiful masks, some weird-looking, but cool. We made dancing lines, did the cupid shuffle and electric slide…what is a dance party without those? There were cakes (I didn’t eat any,) and someone had done a good job decorating them – they all had masks on them representing the masquerade ball.
Later that night, they announced the finalists for best mask; whoever won, won $1oo, and next runner-up won a crown case. I was a finalist, and the finalists had a dance-off with each other to see who would win. I can’t dance, so no, I didn’t win the dance-off. I really didn’t care though, I still had so much fun!
(In the next post, Alyssa will describe the final competition, and the judges’ decision.)
You can read more about Alyssa here.
This originally appeared on WeOrganizeYourThoughts-blog.com.