On Saturday, February 23rd, was contestant orientation for Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen 2013. I was a bittersweet day because it had finally hit me that I have just a few short weeks until I crown the next Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen. This year has been incredible and another young lady deserves this honor. I'm extremely excited for the 15 contestants this year as they are a fantastic group of girls! It has been so great getting to know them.
That Monday after contestant orientation, I spoke to the Nisswa Lions Club about Alzheimer's and asked them for a donation to the MMOT scholarship fund. This was fun because I have grown up in Nisswa my entire life and knew some of the Lions Club members. It was a honor to stand before them as Miss Minnesota's Outstanding Teen. They asked me a lot of questions about my year and asked me about my next steps moving forward after my reign is over.
Last Wednesday I traveled to Oakdale to visit an elementary school to help them with their Jump Rope for Heart event. Siri and Samantha, Miss Minneapolis, were also there and it was really great seeing both of them! It was fun jumping rope with the kids because they were so excited to have queens helping them! Thanks to Sarah Morreim for being there to capture the day and for the pictures below.
This past weekend was probably one of the most fun weekends I've had in a long time! I organized an MMOT contestant sleepover here in Brainerd. Seven of the fifteen contestants arrived at Kids Against Hunger in Nisswa on Saturday to kick off a very fun week! We packaged food for people in Haiti for two hours before heading into Nisswa to do a little shopping and a coffee run. Then we headed to the host hotel for some pizza and swimming! There were many laughs and this weekend made me even more excited for next month! :)