Beth, second from right in front row, at the Miss America arrival ceremony photo MAO
On Wednesday, I left for the Miss America Pageant. As my dad and I drove to the airport we talked about current events and laughed about how neither of us saw this coming. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful role model for a father. His strength and work ethic inspire me. His constant love and support lifts me up and as I spent those last few minutes with the man who always told me I could and would do what I am doing now, I felt blessed.
After helping me check my bags, my dad left me at the gate and I was finally on my path to Miss America. Luckily, the three hour plane ride was much more fun than I had expected…Miss Minnesota ended up being on the same flight! We spent the time together catching up and expressing our excitement for the next ten days ahead. This was my first time going to Las Vegas so as we drove to our hotel I was stunned at the beauty of this city. If I thought it was beautiful from the ground I was in for a pleasant surprise as my hotel room was on the 38th floor. What a view! Instead of checking out the sites I went to bed early (well, early for Vegas as I’m still on central time).
Our first official day started off early yesterday morning. We were checked in and immediately sent to a fitting where our competition wardrobe was checked. Afterwards, we were free to unpack and get ready for the arrival ceremony. Miss Tennessee and I are roommates. She is a sweet girl, we were also happy to find out we are both morning people!
The arrival ceremony was both interesting and fun and was hosted by Boys to Men! This ceremony is what kicks of the Miss America week and for the first time we are presented not only as a state title holder but as a Miss America competitor. I am so honored to be in this position! During the ceremony the finalists for the Quality of Life award were also announced.
After arrival we went to a DSW shoe store. DSW is the national sponsor of Miss America and was shooting commercials with the contestants. This was an especially fun event for me because between takes I was able to sit and talk to the other contestants. The women here are so intelligent and driven…being around them certainly inspires me. We wrapped up the long day with a meeting in which we were introduced to everyone.
As the week goes on, I know my list of thank you’s will grow but this organization could not keep going without all of the support it receives from people who see it’s true worth. I have so much in my life that is a direct result of being involved with this organization and I continue to see, on a daily basis, how it has the ability to inspire so many.
Beth with Miss TN at the arrival ceremony
Beth with Miss MT at the arrival ceremony
Beth and Miss TN at the arrival ceremony
As I crawled into bed after my first day at the Miss America competition I was tired but also grateful and honored. Above all I felt blessed. I know that God has a plan for each and everyone of us and I am so lucky to be here. This experience will be with me forever and as I look back on it, no matter the outcome, I am proud to be a product of the organization’s ability to take a strong women and turn her into the best possible version of herself.
Today will bring new adventures and I can’t wait to tell you all about them!
Miss North Dakota 2011