Sending love and lots of Irish luck to everybody running the Shamrock Shuffle in Manchester!
I will be graduating in May and everyone keeps asking, “What’s next?”
The official answer is, something big. I’ve had some incredible interviews (with Creative Artists Agency, a television network, an entertainment group, a digital media strategy team) and I will be interviewing for the job of Miss New Hampshire in a few weeks. I stayed very busy over Spring Break, attending a special Tea Party, visiting the NH State House, meeting with the NH Commission for Human Rights, introducing You Can Play to Patrick Corbin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Interscholastic
Athletic Association, and attending CinemaCon in Las Vegas to meet film industry influencers. I am enjoying the process, meeting brilliant people, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
#TBT to the Miss America Parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk wearing fabulous Pink & Pepper shoes and “Miss NH is our MVP” Tees.
Pink & Pepper is offering a shopping discount and a competition with a scholarship donation to the state program that uses their discount code the most between now and June 6th…so start shopping at PinkandPepper.com and use the code PNPLOVESNH!
Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen will be Thursday, August 14th, 2014! A 27-year partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Dairy Queen has raised more than $86 million for children’s hospitals. The majority of the funds raised each year come from Miracle Treat Day, a one-day event where a portion of proceeds from every Blizzard Treat sold benefits children’s hospitals across North America.
For more information about Miracle Treat Day visit www.miracletreatday.com.
Join Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen Caroline Carter and Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo for the Annual Miss New Hampshire Tea on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Pelham Memorial School from 1p to 3p.
Tickets are $10 per person in advance or $15 at the door. Email me at BeAwesomeKat@gmail.com if you’d like to purchase a ticket.
On Saturday, I joined twenty-seven talented, smart, hard working Miss New Hampshire local titleholders for Boot Camp at Pinkerton Academy. Bill, Brenda, Chris, Cindi, Claudette and Denise outlined their expectations for the busy weeks ahead. Samantha Russo gave us great advice to prepare for the state competition and the year of service as Miss New Hampshire. Special guests shared their insight into the judging process. Amazing sponsor Katrina Bernard took the official class photo.
I will be contestant #22, meeting the Judges for Private Interview on Wednesday afternoon; competing in Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit and Evening Wear on Thursday; then On-Stage Question and Talent on Friday. My talent selection is a modern Seth Rudetsky arrangement of “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles. The Top Ten (including one People’s Choice Finalist selected by popular vote) will advance to the Final Competition on Saturday night.
(Miss America has five areas of competition: Talent 35%, Private Interview 25%, Evening Wear 20%, Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit 15% and On-Stage Question 5%.)
I am thrilled to be a member of the Miss New Hampshire Class of 2014. We started rehearsals on Sunday at Dance Visions Network, and the show is going to be AWESOME! Be sure to call the Miss New Hampshire Office at (603) 437-9027 to order your tickets.
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” – Special Olympics Motto
I’ve been volunteering with SONH.org since the fifth grade and look forward to helping out at the State Summer Games at UNH every June. It’s a really special reunion of athletes, coaches, families, sponsors and volunteers every year. I’ve seen incredible athletes give their all and witnessed beautiful examples of sportsmanship, team work, and heart. The 38th Annual Special Olympic Winter Games just finished at Waterville Valley and the 45th State Summer Games will be held May 29-May 31, 2014 in Durham.
This weekend the Margate Resort hosted the Sixth Annual Winni Dip and first ever High School Winni Dip. I’ve never seen anything like it. Students, teachers and parents dressed in their best Prom Attire leaped into Lake Winnipesaukee to raise $12,000 for SONH. It was 27 degrees out and there were icebergs floating in the water. Mark Ericson and Karen Kiley from WOKQ’s Morning Waking Crew (VOTE for Mark and Karen in the Best of New Hampshire here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J3PKKN8 and http://www.nhmagazine.com/Best-of-NH) did an incredible job hosting ceremonies on Lake Winnipesaukee and in the Margate Ballroom (where Hart’s Turkey Farm catered a delicious after party).
Congratulations to the forty-nine students from more than a dozen different school districts who were absolutely heroic in their Winni Dip to support Special Olympians.
WMUR Coverage of Saturday’s Winni Dip www.wmur.com/news/tens-of-thousands-raised-at-freezing-winnidip/24883036
62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute – that’s one child every second. Some are battling cancer. Some are suffering from a traumatic injury. Others require constant care because they were born too early, or with a genetic disease. Regardless of why the kids are there, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals always have their doors open. CMN Hospitals provide comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. In fact, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat one in 10 children in North America each year.
I was born at Arnold Palmer Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Orlando. I’ve visited Children’s Hospital Boston and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to meet the incredible patients. If you can’t make it to IHOP for National Pancake Day, please consider making a donation to create real miracles for local hospitals: www.missamericaforkids.org/donate/howlandkat
I promise to keep this short, because I can’t wait to find out who will wear this crown. The lucky new Miss Oxford will have a very special year with Jacky Johnson. Thank you Jacky for your hard work planning, fundraising, organizing, recruiting and supporting Miss Oxford. Thank you for your wonderful advice and guidance.
Thank you to RedHawk Sophia Davis. I learned so much from you this year. You are an incredible role model of scholarship, service, style and success.
Thank you to all of the Miss Ohio local directors, volunteers and sponsors who donate their time and talent to support our dreams. Thank you to the Miss Ohio Executive Committee of Jay, Gloria, Rick, Kathleen, Steven and Sue. They work year round to prepare an incredible Miss Ohio Show and State Competition in Mansfield. And the Mansfield experience is magic. Thank you to my amazing chaperone Sue Cleland, wonderful host family and roommate Meggie Wittman.
It was an honor to have spent a week competing with the amazing Miss Ohio 2013 Heather Wells – the pride of Howland, Ohio. She is everything the Miss America Organization celebrates: talent, beauty, education and commitment. I had the chance to cheer her on in Atlantic City – and she lit up that massive Convention Hall Stage.
There is one more very special person I’d like to say thank you to: Holly Campbell-Bradley. Holly was here for my first Miss Ohio local, Miss Greater Butler County 2011 during my freshman year and she has been cheering me on ever since. Holly has the biggest heart, the brightest smile and I am so grateful for her love and encouragement.
Thank you all for a wonderful year. Love & Honor. Kat