Monday, July 9, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 Ms. United States!

“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!”- C. JoyBell C.

Completing my final duty as the 2011 Ms. United States, this weekend I had the pleasure of crowning Ms. Arizona United States Ashley Dickerson on Sunday, July 8 in Arlington, Virginia at the 2012 national pageant. First runner up was Ms. Texas Dr. Corinne Devin. Second runner up was Ms. New York Jeannette Josue. Top Five also included Ms. District of Columbia Tina Montgomery and Ms. North Carolina Lisa Patel.

Wishing you the best Ashley!

Ashley graduated from college with a degree in Business Management and is currently the Co-Owner of a Remodeling Company here in the beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. She has also played competitive volleyball for over 15 years.

The charity that she works closest with is The American Cancer Society. She choose this charity because its something that hits very close to home. This past October she was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. She was unaware of the symptoms or how common of a disease it is in women. Ashley plans to use her year to educate her community on the symptoms of Thyroid Cancer and how important it is to take care of it early on. While this is charity that she has chosen to dedicate her year to, she has also worked with a wide range of other charities which include: Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Fight for Life - Donate a Life, Kitchen on the Street and Crisis Nursery.

Ashley is a mother of three beautiful children: Mason - 6 years old, Audrina - 3 years old and Lyla - 11 months old. She and Ryan, her "other half" of over thirteen years enjoy spending their time hanging out with the kids or working on their home.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Behind the Scenes at the 2012 Ms. United States Pageant

Having a great week in Washington, DC! Here are some behind the scenes shots!

With Ashley Smith at our final on stage rehearsal before evening gown preliminaries.

Kyle Haggerty and Katie Turner lead the contestants during stage rehearsal.

Olivia Caputo and I arrive to the evening gown preliminaries!

All 2011 queens join in our nation's capital for the July 4th celebration and the upcoming crowning!

The 2012 Ms. United States delegates ride the bus to the 4th of July Parade on Capitol Hill. Here are Ms. Idaho, Ms. Michigan, Ms. Georgia and Ms. Virginia!

The 2012 Ms. United States delegates ride the bus to orientation. Here are Ms. Georgia, Ms. District of Columbia and Ms. Texas!

Stopping for a photo on the 4th of July with Ms. Kansas!

Welcoming Ms. Michigan to our nation's capital.

Leading the July 4th Parade on Capitol Hill with the 2012 Ms. United States delegates!

Our final night together as queens! Congratulations Ashley, Ashley and Olivia!