You will compete at the Miss Maine USA Pageant, how will you prepare the contest ?
As this year is my fourth year competing, I can honestly say that for every year I have competed, each year was its own “chapter” in my pageant journey. Every year has come down to two things, a lot of hard work and dedication. However, it was a combination of those two things, along with my life experiences that I was enduring that helped me reach my fullest potential while competing. This year has certainly been one for the books, and with that being said, I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me come pageant weekend.
What do you expect to gain by competing in pageantry?
I have already gained more in the last four years of competing than I ever thought was possible. The first year I decided to set out to achieve my dream, I had no idea just how much I would learn, or what I would walk away with from the experience. I know that this year will have as many gains as the last few have. At the end of pageant weekend, my favorite part is knowing that I have made new lifelong friends with some of the most inspiring, tenacious women across the state of Maine. That will forever be my biggest pageant related gain.
Tell me something about yourself and your work. What do you actually do, and have done in the past?
I graduated from The University of Maine, Orono in 2016 with my Bachelor’s in Social Work. With my degree, I am helping to make this world a better place. I spent the last eight years taking care of the elderly population and advocating for their voices to be heard. I provided care on the Dementia and Alzheimer’s unit at an assisted living, as well as providing in home care for an elderly woman in her 90’s who had Dementia. I absolutely adored the work I did with them. After graduating, my first “Social Work Job” was as a Behavioral Health Professional with children, and I enjoyed that equally as much as working with the elders I cared for. I have learned a great deal from each and every client I have worked with, and hope that I continue to learn from my client at the job I’m with now.
Many misses have said that their dream since a child was to participate in a pageant as prestigious as Miss World (or Miss Universe). It this your case ? And if so, why ?
Absolutely. When I look at myself, and think of my own personal dreams, I am able to look at myself and know why I have chased my dream of becoming Miss. Maine USA and why I haven’t given up. I am also able to look at myself and confidently say that if it is in God’s plan for me to compete at Miss. USA, I know that then, not only will the state of Maine be hearing my voice, an entire nation will be. With that being said, of course competing at Miss. Universe is a dream of mine! It has been ever since I was old enough to watch it on TV with my parents.
Social media seem to play a major role in pageantry nowadays. Do you think this is advantageous to you? Why or why not?
For myself personally, I use my social media accounts for my voice to be heard. It is wonderful that sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter allow for people to be heard worldwide, and I certainly see it as a blessing, an advantage, and a chance to connect to others who want to listen to what I have to say.
Did you face any moment of disappointment with yourself during the pageant journey, and how did you overcome it?
I absolutely have. This will be my fourth year competing. When one is juggling everything they have to accomplish in your daily life, whether it be school, work, relationships, to-do lists, or a combination of some of those ALONG with pouring their entire soul into preparing for a pageant, it gets to be a lot of work. But like any journey, there are challenges as well as victories. Some of the experiences I have lived since beginning my pageant journey have certainly been challenging and disappointing, but from those times I have learned the importance of pushing forward through the storms, as it is rain that helps flowers grow.
We’ve all seen the stereotypical portrayals of pageant contestants, a la Miss Congeniality, spreading peace, love and beauty throughout the world. How do you think you'll make a difference ?
Without giving away TOO much before I get to meet my judging panel, I can say that my mark will be made through many of my own personal experiences and knowledge I’ve gained as an adoptee, a College Graduate with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, a world traveler, and an individual who has had to fight for my own rights. I consider myself to have a worldly view, and know I will make a difference by being an advocate for many people on a variety of issues. I am excited to utilize all of my ideas and experiences to help heal our country.
What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?
We need to teach younger generations of girls that they’re already Queens. So, I would start by telling them why I already perceive them as a Queen. I would then talk to them about all of the different roles Queens can take on. I would instill within them the importance of always working towards any dreams of their own that they may have. I would tell them that any dream they feel is worth fighting for, no matter how big the dream is, or how long it takes to achieve it, is worth fighting for. And I would encourage them to always push themselves out of their comfort zones.
Thanks to the beautiful Sara for the interview. Pageants News wishes you all the very best for Miss Maine USA pageant.