Ah what a bitter sweet moment as I finished my last Miss New York Preparation ever! I have worked so hard in these last few months traveling over 600 miles making appearances in my community, making strides to get kids active and educated about healthy living. I have been tried and tested with time management and organization skills as I enter my summer semester of my Master's Program in Education. I have remained dedicated and continued to practice, practice, practice all phases of competition and I feel really good about my preparation. As a former athlete, dancer and future educator I know the end result of perseverance and practice...Perfection! :) This past Saturday I along with Co- Executive Director Calista Amering and Co- Executive Director Katie Martin met at St. John Fisher College in Rochester and perfected everything down to my walk. I am so ready and willing to leave my heart out there for all to see as I compete for the opportunity of a life time one last time. I will be sure to keep you updated of the road that lies ahead!
This past Tuesday I along with our own Miss New York 2010 Claire Buffie, and Miss Buffalo 2011 Desiree Wiley visited the Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Here we participated in arts and crafts with the children and showed support to the Rochester Region's Children's Miracle Network Hospital. It was so nice to have and opportunity to get to know the children at the hospital especially after all the time and energy I have put into raising money for the Children's Miracle Network. We are so fortunate to have a CMN hospital right in our own backyard!
Presenting my program “B.O.O.S.T” at St. Louis Elementary started off informing the class what B.O.O.S.T. stands for and how we can continue to live a healthier life. Becoming Optimistic Outgoing and Self-trained for a healthier live is the key to keeping children on the right track for the future. I presented the food pyramid to the class and we brainstormed healthier options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We also talked about the importance of physical activity and used two volunteers to show how I personally like to use dance as a form of physical activity that is also a lot of fun! By then end of my presentation the 5th grade class at St. Louis was on the right track to live a healthier life!
On the closing day of the Lilac Festival, I along with my best friend ran my first ever 5k! With a background of Track and Field, you would think I wouldn’t be nervous to run in a race but I had butterflies in my stomach! After the race began I used the 3 mile race to parallel my quest for the job of Miss New York and loved both the ups and the downs of the long stretched road ahead. The focus and determination helped me to finish the race in just 32 minutes! Not bad for my first time! I was so exhilarated and proud of my finish I did a happy dance at the finish line! J I am thrilled to have promoted my platform of a healthy and active lifestyle and lead by example in one of Rochester’s most acclaimed races!
I had such a fantastic time reading to the kindergarten class at Quest Elementary! Mrs. Pilion is great and the students were just as wonderful! The young boys and girls were so inquisitive about my journey to Miss New York and about the appearances and preparations I’ve made along the way. Mrs. Pilon’s class has become my adopted classroom and I will be “skyping” the class during pageant week to tell them all about it!! Pictures to follow soon!