Miss New Jersey Outstanding Teen's Blog
Sammy’s January Blog
The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. I am still in a total state of shock. I am truly blessed and honored to have the opportunity to represent our great state. I must take a minute to thank God for not only the opportunity to fulfill my dream of being Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen, but also for filling my journey will such amazing and inspiring individuals. Without Him and all of the people he placed in my path, I would not have this incredible opportunity.
To Terry, Kerry, and Sharon, I could not have done it without your love and support. You all adopted me like I was one of your own titleholders. You have opened opportunities up to me and exposed me to new and exciting experiences. Thank you for helping me to spread the word about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by inviting me to host an assembly at Mount Olive Middle School. Also, thank you for helping to set up and bake for our Children’s Miracle Network Bake Sale. I will be forever grateful for the mock interviews, appearances, meals, and laughs that you blessed me with.
And of course how could my dream come into fruition without the full support of my family. Mom and Dad, thank you for your time and financial investment. Thank you driving me across the state for mocks, locals, voice lessons, and appearances. You were both always willing and HAPPY to drive me anywhere to help me reach my goals. Also, a BIG thank you to my sister Angelina for enduring the late nights out, pageant talk, and constant singing. You have always been my number one fan and your support means a lot to me.
To everyone else who guided me in my preparation for states, thank you. Each of you contributed your expertise to make me shine on stage during competition. I have never met so many amazing, intelligent, and talented people as I have the year leading up to Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen. Thank you all so much for being a part of my journey. I truly felt loved when I heard your voices in the audience that night.
While I am honored and excited to have been crowned Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen, I know I have a lot of work ahead and big shoes to fill. Alyssa Sullivan truly embodies all of the virtues this organization promotes, and wore her crown with such elegance and grace. During her reign she worked hard to gain new sponsors for the program and establish a new tradition for all of the Outstanding Teen titleholders who visit Atlantic City for Miss America. I could not have been any prouder of Alyssa at Nationals where she placed in the top 8 for the overall title and had one of the top 5 interviews. I am blessed to be able to call her my friend.
Already, I can tell my year as Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen is going to be a busy one. The weekend following my crowning, I had the opportunity to see what it was like to be on the other side of that judge’s table when I judged the Mr. Millville Pageant. It was more fun than I ever could have imagined and there were so many talented and accomplished contestants. Being on the other side of the judges’ table gave me a new appreciation for the Herculean task assigned to these judges to select a titleholder who will represent the organization for the year.
Aside from judging Mr. Millville, I have been busy promoting my platform; STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Since being crowned, I have hosted programs at two different libraries. I am excited to announce that STEM-CAM (science, technology, engineering, and math through building confidence, changing attitudes, and mentoring programs) will host programs in six different libraries starting in March!
Check in again to hear about what promises to be an exciting February!
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