To the local titleholders with whom I spent the last week: THANK YOU! I am so honored to have shared the stage with such an incredible group of young women! I have no idea how the judges chose me out of all those amazing women, but I am so thankful for the opportunity. Everyone agreed that all 21 contestants were winners; I am honored to have been chosen to represent them this year.
The state board also deserves a huge thank you for everything they have done to make the Miss Minnesota program a success. They dedicate hours upon hours of their time (without pay) to host a fun-filled pageant week and to produce an excellent show at Eden Prairie High School. And I know the contestants did not get much sleep during pageant week, but I am certain that the board members got even less! The Miss Minnesota Organization has done so much for my personal growth and development, and I am so thankful to the state board and local committees for helping this program continue to thrive.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has supported me on my journey to Miss Minnesota. Your words of encouragement and prayers meant the world to me during this whole process! I am so honored and privileged to hold the title of Miss Minnesota 2011. I have big plans for this year, and I hope you will keep me in your thoughts and prayers.
Miss Minnesota 2011 (<-- That's exciting!)