Friday, January 7, 2011

My Miss America Journey: DAY 1

After bidding my family farewell on Wednesday and departing for Vegas to arrive one day ahead of schedule to get a good night’s rest, I was ready for the action that our first day would bring. (By the way, many thanks to Sun Country Airlines for sponsoring my luggage transportation, which totaled 6 suitcases, a carry-on, and a purse!!) We started the day with fittings and checking in to our hotel room where I met my awesome roommate, Miss California. With many similarities and personalities that really compliment each other, I feel so blessed to spend the next 10 days with her!

Next, we were off to the opening ceremony where we were introduced by Boys II Men; this definitely had my adrenaline going! They also announced the Quality of Life finalists, and I am so honored to be one of them! The Quality of Life Awards were introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service. To be considered for this award, contestants must submit an application answering 5 questions to describe their involvement with Children's Miracle Network, the national platform of the Miss America Organization, and their own personal platform issue. From the eight finalists, three will be chosen to receive additional scholarships after we all go through a separate interview in just a few days—winners are announced on Friday, January 14th. This award means so much to me, so I can’t tell you how happy I was to be named a finalist.

After the opening ceremony, we hopped on our buses for a DSW television commercial. DSW is presenting the 2011 Miss America Pageant and also sponsoring a great shoe parade that will take place later in the week!

At last, it was time to eat; I was starving! After salad and pizza, we enjoyed some birthday cake in honor of Miss Iowa’s and Miss Oklahoma’s birthdays!

This whole day was so incredible. It finally sunk in that one of the contestants in that room is going to be the next Miss America. It could be anyone; it could be me! What an exciting feeling to experience my dreams coming true and to see how truly outstanding this organization is. Can you believe that this year’s contestants alone have raised $1.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network?! How invigorating it is to know we really are making a difference! I am also so excited for this 90th Anniversary of Miss America as the most former Miss America’s are returning than ever before! I have the great pleasure of meeting them all on Friday night at the gala; I cannot wait!

Well, it’s about time for me to turn in for the night considering it is already 12:44 am and I need to be awake by 5am (I can already tell it is going to be an exhausting 10 days, but I’m ready for it!). Before I go though, I just want to say that this really is an outstanding group of genuine and sweet women. I have a feeling this is going to be a great group and a life changing experience.

Oh, and one more practical point for anyone heading to Vegas…it’s chilly at night so don’t forget a jacket!!

Good night one and all. I love you all and thank you again for your support and prayers!

God Bless,


  1. Congrats on being a "Quality of Life" finalist, Kathryn! What exciting, and well-deserved news!

  2. congrats on your QOL finalist!! That's awesome & exciting news!! Keeping going...this week is going to be great!

  3. Yes - YOU CAN BECOME MISS AMERICA!!!! Enjoy all the memories you are making this week. We're all so very proud that you are a QOL finalist!! Lots of love and hugs coming your way!! Kathy

  4. Oh, that's so great you're rooming with Miss CA - I've met her and she is so sweet! I'm glad you two are getting along. See you next week - stay strong!