I don't even know where to start --
I am so humbled and honored to have the opportunity of a lifetime to serve
for the next 365 days as Miss Tennessee, and to continue making an impact well beyond those days.
I wanted to sit down and organize my thoughts and thank you to everyone who made this possible, encouraged me, or was a part of this five year journey.
It has truly been about the journey more than the destination, and I can't wait to see what this new adventure holds!
David Camp -- we did it!! The hours upon hours at Panera, in my living room, and over the phone preparing for interview paid off! thank you so, so much for selflessly giving your time and talents to help me present my best self to the judges in the interview room. Love ya so much!
Jonah & Grace - the two best friends I could ever ask for- what on EARTH would I do without you guys?? We have laughed, we have cried, we have celebrated, we have been through so much that life has thrown at us and I am so grateful I have been given two of the most incredible and supportive friends anyone could ask for! I am so thrilled to have you both my side for the crazy ride leading up to this moment and for all the adventures we have yet to find!
Uncle Rocky & Uncle Tony,
I am so lucky to have you both as family - and to have two uncles that would move heaven and earth to be in Jackson and celebrate this special, once in a lifetime moment! I will never forget Friday night of my talent performance-- I was SO nervous and I was so scared that I would mess up and full on shaking by the time I came off stage-- it was completely silent in the crowd when I finished for about five seconds, until I saw Uncle Rocky Jump up and start cheering -- he was the only person in the audience I could see through the stage lights and I LOVE that moment in time!
There's a lot of work to be done ahead, but I'm excited to be well on my way and to have the opportunity to represent Tennessee at Miss America.
I'm so excited to have the chance to make a positive impact on my state and on the lives of thousands of children that I'll have the chance to visit this year.
I am so incredibly humbled and honored to have been chosen to represent our state, and to travel 80,000 amazing miles this year, and for the 365 days I have as Miss Tennessee to leave my mark on our state and in the legacy of Miss Tennessee.
I promise to make every single day count.
All my love & gratitude,