Thursday, July 12, 2007

Anonymous Announcements

I’m in the middle of a very busy week, so thankfully anonymous strangers on some message boards are doing my job for me! Check out the latest…

From the Miss Ohio Message Board:

Miss Lake Erie to award 2 Crowns!

The Miss Lake Erie Scholarship Program is happy to announce the addition of MISS NORTHERN OHIO!! Both crowns, along with the first MISS LAKE ERIE OUTSTANDING TEEN crown, will be handed out on Saturday, August 18th in the auditorium of Lexington High School in Lexington, Ohio.

We are hoping to hand out over $3000 in scholarships this year and our newly crowned MISS LAKE ERIE and MISS NORTHERN OHIO, will each receive $1000 scholarships.We will also award scholarships to our 1st, 2nd and 3rd runners-up, as well as $100 scholarships for talent, interview, swimsuit and spirit. We are thrilled to announce that all contestants who do not place in our top 5 will also receive a $50 scholarship.

This year’s pageant entitled “She’s a Lady” will feature Miss Lake Erie 2003 Bryn Hough, Miss Lake Erie 2005 and Miss Ohio 2005 Marlia Fontaine, Miss Lake Erie 2006 Leslie Ondrey, as well as Miss Ohio featured dancer David Dunn. Emcee for the evening is WMFD TV's Briggite Coles.

Applications are being accepted for the first 20 Miss contestants and first 20 Teen contestants until July 23rd. If you are interested in competing, please contact us at We look forward to hearing from you!!


Upcoming Pageants and contestants per the CMN page

Miss Lake Festival July 23, 2007: Maria Broering, Lisa Canary, Hannah Ford, Shelby Gates-Reichard, Bethany Hosbach, Elizabeth McGhee, Amanda McKee, Sandra Miller, Megan Perkeybile, Sarah Pierstorff, Heather Waterman, Katie Westgerdes

Miss Greater Cleveland July 28, 2007: Amy Allen, Andrea Andryscik, Brittany Davis, Krystle Formosa, Kristen Haas, Zephylia Khooblall, Brittany Lipinsky, Laura Pennington, Heather Wells, Megan Wombacker

Miss Ohio Valley July 28, 2007: Nicole Fortunato, Jessica Harr, Brandi Herceg, Ashley Pesta, Megan Presley

Miss West Central Ohio July 28, 2007: Chelsey Beer, Andrea Borkowski, Victoria Miller, Kristy Moneysmith, Shannon O'Neill, Kelly Jo Zink

Miss Lake Erie August 18, 2007: Karissa Martin, Kasey Wilson


This next post is from the Miss America board; it's directed at state titleholder, but I think it's great and applicable to all contestants.

Advice for new state titleholders - from someone who's been there...

The following is a compilation of advice I received and implemented, advice I received and failed to follow, and ideas that I had throughout my own year.

1. Find a children’s book related to your platform. I’ve found this to be the best way to begin a presentation to a group of kids – and you can take it anywhere!

2. Speak to adult groups. You or your business manager/booking agent should call every Rotary Club (or similar organization) in the state.

3. Make yourself marketable. It’s a word we hear very often, and some get sick of it, but it’s necessary. What makes you different? What makes your message important – important enough that people will PAY for you to share it? How can you reach varied and diverse audiences?

4. Journal. Your thoughts, your feelings, your goals. By writing them down, you make them tangible and you empower yourself to do something about them.

5. Make sure that expectations between you and your handlers are clearly defined – on both ends. What do they expect from you? What do you expect from them? (Think big-picture AND small detail.)

6. Find out now what you’ll need to do next summer to receive your scholarship money. Get it in writing. You don’t want any surprises after you’ve crowned your successor.

7. Read “The Art of Possibility,” by Benjamin Zander & Rosamund Stone Zander and “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen Covey. Implement at least one principle from each book.

8. Document everything… and this means the sentimental things and the legal stuff. Take pictures or videos of every appearance you possibly can, and keep programs and memorabilia. Maybe you’ll throw it away once your year is over, but it’s nice to be able to look back on it. Keep track of receipts, contracts, and mileage. You’ll need these when you do your taxes. Also, keep track of your appearances – what you liked about it, what you would change, what you thought was effective and not effective. This is helpful not only for planning your future appearances but also for those who will follow you.

9. Look into an economic hardship deferment for your student loans. Most of you aren’t going to be making a huge salary, and it can be difficult to find ways to make ends meet. You’ll still have to pay eventually, and interest will still capitalize, but at least you can reduce your monthly expenses for the next year.

10. Meet (face-to-face) as many other state titleholders as you can. This means attending the Teen pageant in Orlando, going to other state pageants (if possible… I realize the season’s almost over), or arranging a weekend with the other girls in your region. Your state director should be able to get in touch with the neighboring states.

11. Get into swimsuit shape NOW. (And no, that is not a demand to starve yourself.)

12. Blog. And blog regularly. (And please, while you’re at it, use proper grammar and spelling.)

13. Be realistic about your strengths, weaknesses, and limitations. Don’t commit to doing something if you know you won’t have time to give it your best.

14. Be flexible.

15. Be optimistic.

16. Be the kind of person you would want to see win Miss America. True story: the night before Miss America finals, I made a list of all the contestants. I crossed off the ones I didn’t think deserved the title, and then I circled those who I would be proud to call Miss America. I’m happy to say I circled the eventual winner (but many of the top 10 were people I had crossed out). Moral of the story? Don’t be the girl someone else wants to cross off her list.

17. Take everything you read on this board with a grain of salt. Also, ground yourself from reading the boards every now and then. It's fun to stay up on the news, but it can also become an addiction.

18. Recognize that the year will have its ups and downs. Nevertheless, cherish every moment.

Any other has-beens want to add their two cents?

Here's what a former state teen titleholder added:

Personal thank you notes will get your farther than you might think.

Never burn your bridges, or complain- constructive critism is one thing, complaining is another.

Always have extra bobbi pins. You'll never know when you might never know when you might need them.

Water proof mascara on hot, muggy days is a must.

Smile. At everyone, just make sure its genuine.

Support your little sister (MAOTeen). As a former state MAOTeen, I can say i felt left behind and left out. She didn't make an effort, she wasn't kind and warm, she wasn't the mentor she was supposed to be to a 17 year old girl. I wanted someone to look up to. At almost 20 years old and contemplating competing for my Miss State title, I know if I win, I want to be there for my "little sister."

Pack a low carb, high protein, power bar. No one likes a cranky, hungry title holder!

Bring a token of friendship, a small gift, a bath set, something, with you to Miss A to give to your roomie :) if you've never met, it's a great ice breaker.

Have fun, enjoy you're year! You have no idea how quickly it will fly by!

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