This past weekend, I, along with Miss America contestants all over the nation, participated in Miss America Serves Day. This day was created two years ago as a way to encourage title holders to spend a day giving back, and as a way to show our communities the presence and service aspect of the Miss America Organization.
I was very eager to be a part of this day. I purchased my Miss America Serves t-shirt right away and quickly began brainstorming ideas on what I was going to do. I realized that April 16th was also my college's give back service day as well and decided to sign up through that event. I'm on a full books and tuition vocal music scholarship at Butler and always find it important to serve the tax payers of my communtu who make my scholarship possible. From my list of options, I signed up to help paint the community pool and fences in El Dorado. I absolutely love painting and was super excited that morning as I headed down to the student union. Upon arrival, I was asked to switch to a different service project as not many had signed up to work at the Educare Center that day. A little bummed that I didn't get to paint, I agreed happily and headed out towards the education center. What happened there was incredible.
We arrived at the center to find out that we would be washing chairs, carts, and other items that had gotten dirty. We were then taken outside, given some scrub brushes, soap, and a hose and told to get started. The weather was 60 degrees that day and the Kansas winds were at full speed, but I've never been more excited to serve. I was getting splashed with water constantly, and my hands smelled like bleach. But it was in that moment that I realized...this is Miss America.
Putting on a lavender t-shirt and being willing to get her hands dirty, that is Miss America. Putting away the nice clothes, taking the crown off for a while, and simply serving...that is Miss America. Getting to know the incredible people who serve on a daily basis without any recognition, crown, platform, etc...that is Miss America.
I love the class and poise of Miss America. I love the example she is to people everywhere. I love the beautiful gowns and Joeseph Ribkoff clothing she wears to appearances. I love the elegance that shines through her. I also love the Miss America in a t-shirt. I love the Miss America who truly understands what it means to have a servants heart. I am so proud to be a part of the Miss America Organization. Scholarship, style, success....service. That is Miss America