February 27, 2009

Pageant Friends from Nationals

I was e-mailed these pictures yesterday from Sarah Knight's mom; Sarah is our reigning National American Miss Indiana Jr. Pre-Teen Queen, these are some pictures from Nationals in Anaheim, CA last November. I say this all the time but my favorite part about this program is watching the girls gain confidence and make friends!

Here is what Sarah's mom Jennifer had to say: "The picture on top is of Miss Georgia (Tiffani), Miss Indiana (Sarah), and Amelia (former All-American Queen), and Miss Washington (Starley) glamming it up in Libby Lu and of course making their wishes with the fairy dust!!

The second one is the three girls walking around Disney together (love the three of them holding hands!) It shows how close they all get during that amazing week.

The third one is of Sarah and Alyssa (Miss Illinois) all dressed for formal wear!

Just thought you might enjoy them!! Even for the parents, this program allows for lifelong friendships to be made. We speak often to the family from Georgia that we met and are already trying to plan a visit!"

I think it is so cool the way you get to make friends from all over the country. I'm heading to Indianapolis this afternoon to host one of our Open Calls for new girls thinking about joining the pageant. Something new that I want to try tomorrow is giving the girls some time at the Open Call to do a sort of "meet-and-greet." Give them a chance to get to know the other girls that are signing up; if they can make a friend right now at the beginning and get to know each other as they prepare for the pageant, it will be that much more fun for them on pageant weekend!

My wife Megan was in the Miss Washington Pre-Teen pageant back in 1992 an 1993. Some of the girls that she met that weekend are still her best friends today from all over the country!

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