I was debating whether or not to go public with this, but since I know this awesome community can be nothing but supportive, I've decided to let the cat out of the bag.
As most of you know, (some of you are new around here, WELCOME!) I am obsessed with pageants. I have been a hopeful for many years and almost announced my official retirement. Ever since I was a senior in high school, when I was introduced to the pageant world, I've had my sights set on the big times. After winning my first pageant at the county level, I was determined to get myself a "round crown"
My first taste of the Miss America Organization was Miss Dogwood 2007. I was 18 years old, still a senior in high school, and a complete newbie. I had my heart set on at least placing, and did the best I could do. I ended up winning Crowd Favorite and 4th Runner Up. Completely ecstatic, I was hooked. It was such a rush being on stage, all dressed up, showing what I was made of. I decided to pursue that path, not only for the performance aspect, but for the scholarship opportunities and the community service outlet.
I decided to give it another shot with Miss Heart of the Ozarks 2008. This pageant was near and dear to my heart. The directors were my county pageant directors, the ones that helped me blossom in the pageant world, the ones who encouraged me to keep trying. I wanted this title and opportunity so bad. I was still very inexperienced, after all it was only my fourth pageant ever. I changed my talent song, worked on my wardrobe, and gave it my all once again. Moving up, I received Crowd Favorite and 2nd Runner Up. After the pageant, the director came to me with advice from the judges. I took every word in that she said and decided to keep trying.
My fifth time was a charm. I competed for Miss Northwest Arkansas 2008. I was 18 years old, and going head to head with two veterans (contestants who had already graced the Miss Arkansas stage). I decided to have fun, give it my all, and win or lose, I at least know I did my best. I changed my swimsuit to a two piece, changed my talent song to a ballad, and let it all out on stage. I tied for Miss Congeniality with a girl I graduated high school with, won the Swimsuit award, and captured the title of Miss Northwest Arkansas. I was on my way to Miss Arkansas that summer.
In disbelief that my name was called as the winner.
Laura Cole, Miss NWA 07 crowning me.
Miss Arkansas was an experience. I had the honor of competing with 42 beautiful women that summer. It opened my eyes to what I could do when I set my goals and go for them. I tried for one more year to get back to the state pageant, but it just wasn't in the works for me.
Well friends, 5 years later, here I am, about to give it one last shot. This is my final year before aging out of the system and I finally feel like it's my time again. I couldn't live with myself if I didn't at least give it one more try before becoming ineligible. I have decided to compete on March 9th for the titles of Miss Kauai/ Miss Garden Isle. I've changed up my platform, my talent, and my attitude. I'm not going in with the same story I once had. I've prayed about this and it couldn't come at a more perfect time in my life.
Most of you know I am huge into health and fitness. I'm using my status as a Sweat Pink Ambassador to steer my platform of Healthy - It's a Lifestyle. My main goal is to spread awareness on the importance of maintaining a healthier lifestyle. My goal: to get the scholarship and use it towards a nutritionist degree, so I can kick start a career in something I am absolutely passionate about. It took me coming to this beautiful island to realize my purpose in life, and it's time I utilize it for the better.
Win or lose, I am happy to be giving it my all one more time. I'd never know if I don't try and I know I will still get an amazing experience out of it!
Want to help me out? Miss America's national platform is Children's Miracle Network and as a hopeful, I am set out to raise at least $100. I set up a page dedicated to reaching that goal and you can help by donating! Anything helps and all proceeds go to the Kapiolani Medical Center, right here in Hawaii.
Simply visit my page HERE and help turn my dreams into a reality! Together we can start making miracles happen!
I'll be keeping everyone updated and giving you sneak peeks on my wardrobe and talent choices (if you are interested) so you can follow me on my journey to the crown. Win or lose, I know I have mad support from you awesome ladies, and for that, I really am already a winner!
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