Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good bye Miss America

Aloha loves!

I really enjoy the Spring time and am even more excited about transitioning into Summer. Warmer temps and warmer water! North Shore is flat so I can swim, and tourist travel is up. Bring it on!

As most of you know, I competed in a pageant a few weeks ago. It was an experience to say the least. I am very grateful for the opportunity, but I don't think I have ever been in a pageant the way this one was ran.

It was thrown together last minute, and I applaud how well it was ran, regarding those circumstances, but with that being said it was still very weird. I don't mean to speak ill of the organization or the affiliates involved, but for over $20,000 of scholarship on the line, I figured it would have been a little more... formal. This is all just my opinion.

It seemed a little more intimidating this time around. Being contestants in at least one other local preliminary this pageant season, all the girls were very beautiful and seemed very confident. It was a great batch. The pageant was held in a conference cafeteria like setting. We were level with the judges, no stage. It was a closed pageant to the public, but Miss Hawaii board members, other local pageant directors (and apparently a boyfriend of one contestant - a winner mind you) were allowed to be there. It was very intimate. Our dressing room was the next room over and the only amount of privacy we had were thick, black drapes to keep us hidden. I wasn't too bothered about it, but it was still very odd considering there was a bar next door where people could see us lining up, gawked at us while in our swimsuits, and a contestant even decided to step foot in to say "hi" to some friends, while in her evening gown.

Like I said, weird.

Our interviews started and almost immediately after we were to start the competition.

Can't see them, but I'm also wearing blue shoes!

Before show time, the directors took all eleven of us in front of everyone (including the judges) while we were in our swimsuits, or cover-ups (not competition ready!!!) to show us the line up of the finale. It was very awkward that they allowed the judges to be there - it actually made me very uncomfortable but what can ya do?

Swimsuit went great. I'm very proud of my Lifestyle and Fitness and have no problem showing it off.

Thank goodness for VS Miraculous! :P

I changed my talent song to Adele "To Make You Feel My Love". They played the wrong track at the beginning so I just stood there until they found my track. I wasn't nervous at all, except I felt they made the sound louder from when we rehearsed which almost threw me off, but I conquered anyway :)

Love this green dress. Forever 21 baby!

And finally Evening Gown. I'm sorry I didn't get a photo of the back of my gown (which is a Mac Duggal!). My gown was dynamite. No beading or flash, it was completely simple and elegant. Something I will definitely wear to the Oscars when my good friend makes it to the big time :P. My onstage question was about playing softball and competition was over!

Definitely a favorite gown I have ever worn.

I was completely satisfied with my performance and presentation and I knew everything was in God's hands. I was proud of myself either way, but to be absolutely honest, I had already felt defeated before the pageant even started. I was just happy it was over..

I ended up placing 2nd Runner Up and was awarded $4,000 in scholarship. A San Diego native and feature twirler for the Universty of Hawaii placed 1st Runner Up and the two titles of Miss Aloha Islands and Miss Honolulu were given to Shawny Richardson-Acoba and Gabriella Sheindlin. To say the least I was very proud of my accomplishments in this organization as a whole and was ready to say goodbye to my dream of competing for Miss America.

The next day, we (the contestants) received an email from the Executive Director stating an official complaint was made about contestants not meeting the required donation amount towards Children's Miracle Network. You see, in the Miss America Organization, every contestant entering a local preliminary of any kind has a required amount of $100 to raise towards CMN, per pageant entered. We have to set up a profile donation page through missamericaforkids.org and receive our donations through that route. It is my understanding that to qualify, one has to reach her goal via this website or the contestant is deemed ineligible for that specific local pageant (I may be wrong, so if you know the technicalities of this rule please correct me). I know most of you are familiar with this by now, as some of you graciously donated towards my fund or have at least seen my posting about it in these recent weeks. We even received an email the day before the pageant from the director stating if we didn't meet these requirements, we would be dropped from competing.

Apparently a few contestants came up short via the website, the two winners being included, which in turn means they shouldn't have been allowed to compete. I'm not sure what is going to be done about this, if anything at all, but as far as the Executive Director is concerned he said he "received payment proof minutes prior to showtime", although through the website, all contestants are still coming up short. Like I said, I may not know the technicalities of this requirement, so we'll see what happens in the future.

As for my accomplishments in the Miss America Organization, I'm very proud to announce my awards and how any college studies I have been through thus far has been paid for by pageant scholarships.

Miss Dogwood 2007 - 4th Runner Up, Crowd Favorite
Miss Heart of the Ozarks 2008 - 2nd Runner Up, Crowd Favorite
Miss Northwest Arkansas 2008 - Miss Congeniality (tie), Lifestyle and Fitness Winner, Miss NWA 2008
Miss Arkansas 2008 - Non-Finalist
Miss Heart of the Ozarks 2009 - Talent Winner, Crowd Favorite
Miss Lakes of the Northwest 2009 - Crowd Favorite, Lifestyle and Fitness Winner, 1st Runner Up
Miss National Park 2009 - Lifestyle and Fitness Winner
Miss Arkansas Valley 2010 (summer of 2009) - 1st Runner Up, Crowd Favorite
Miss Kauai/Miss Garden Isle 2013 - Lifestyle and Fitness Winner
Miss Honolulu/Miss Aloha Islands 2013 - 2nd Runner Up

As I've said, I'm very proud of all of my accomplishments. It is now time to close this chapter in my life and move on. Saying good bye to one dream only means I can make room for another. I plan to focus on a career of some sort in Nutrition and Fitness and I will definitely be dedicating more of my time to my home on the web. Thank you again to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey, it truly means the world to me.

As for my CMN donors these past couple of weeks, I want to extend a sincere Mahalo to you for helping me qualify for my last two attempts!

Tyler Sowers
Jennifer Cepero
Michael Bahn
Kim McClellan
Gwen Holloway
Nikki Sidani
Logan Cantrell
Julie Carpenter
Steven Jones

Good bye Miss America. It was truly an experience I will never forget!

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Meet Kelsey

Sweet Kelsey has been a bloggy friend of mine since I started out back in November. We have grown together and I'm so thankful for her friendship. Recently her and her handsome hubs visited some family in Boston. She has tons of pictures, it looks like she had a blast! Speaking of her handsome hubs, their love story is probably one of the cutest, and are both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - so it works out perfectly! Kelsey is not only beautiful, but she is also super funny and it shows when she talks dating disasters. I really think you'll enjoy getting to know Kelsey and following along her journey. She's a catch!


Xoxo,

20 comments:

Blush and Barbells said...

Congratulations! You did just wonderfully!

Robin said...

I admire your positive attitude!

Becca Moss said...

You're gorgeous and I love that Kelsey is at the bottom of this post, love her!

Tina Byland said...

So cool! My sister used to do pageants. I love that black gown! Gorgeous!

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Kelsey Eaton said...

Thank you for the great feature! Im curious to see what they end up doing about the girls coming up short with donations. You'll have to keep us posted! I vote you use that scholarship money to become a personal trainer! You would be AMAZINGGGGG at it! You motivate me just with your blog!

Helene said...

i think you looked amazing and you should be so proud, we all are! congrats girl

CeCe said...

You look great. It sounds very unfair if you asked me as you would have won the whole thing had the others not competed due to inadequate donation. I think you have a great attitude about the whole thing though. Congrats on a job well done and going for something was a dream of yours. I know what it's like to try for a dream and not quite make it. It kinda sucks BUT the upside is no regrets.

Kimberly H said...

Wow, that's crazy that the other contestants were allowed to compete if they didn't meet the requirements. Talk about being poorly run for sure...

But that being said, you looked AMAZING! You're absolutely gorgeous and you're so awesome for going after your dream. Congrats on Second Runner up, girl!

Megan said...

Congrats! I love how you chose a timeless dress-very beautiful. You made some wonderful memories (I'm sure), earned some scholarship money, and pursued a dream. Not many people can say that.

Tawnys Tid Bits said...

Congrats on competing! It is usually very fun and you meeting some amazing people! I did Miss TN USA a few times. Have you tried the USA organization before?

Becky Dougherty said...

Congratulations again, Tarole! You looked absolutely amazing! I am sorry that things didn't work out as you hoped, but you are right, it is in God's hands.

I loved seeing the awards that you win. What I loved the most (AND what didn't surprise me at all) is that you were the crowd favorite in almost every pageant you listed. I just thought, "Of COURSE she was the crowd favorite!" Smart people. :)

Carrie W said...

You looked amazing! I am glad you can stay so positive with all the unfairness!

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

You look beautiful, and you truly have a positive, respectful attitude. You've accomplished a lot in your years of competing, and you should be very proud of yourself.

XOXO,
Meredith

Jennifer said...

Congrats! You look beautiful!

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

you're the best! Love the way you hold your head high and pushed through til the end. Def blows my mind more money wasn't invested in the facilities considering what was up for grabs and how much work each of you girls put into the pageant?!! Congratulations on your winnings and making a dream real :) Onward friend to the next dream!! Keep on being an inspiration!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

Congratulations, you did a great job T!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes 

Erin said...

You look absolutely amazing! You must be very proud of all you accomplished through your pageants--so awesome!

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