My inspiration this week is Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce. I know you have all heard of her, and I am far from the first person in the pageant world (or the world at large) to point out what an incredible story she has. Bree managed to lose over 100 pounds and went on, obviously, to win the Miss South Carolina crown. She has been featured on many television programs and has done dozens of speaking engagements about her story.
Bree is inspiring to me not only because of her weight loss—that is an incredible feat that I can't totally wrap my head around— but because she is the embodiment of one of my favorite things about the Miss America Organization. I once said that I believed any young woman could become MIss America, and I was challenged on that point. Doesn't it take years of training, thousands of dollars, coaches, dresses, etc.? No, it doesn't. I firmly believe that anyone can be Miss America, and Bree is proof of that. Well, proof that you can live your dream (of being Miss South Carolina, of losing 100 pounds) if you put your mind to it. Bree didn't get an expensive weight loss surgery or have a fancy trainer come to her house every day, nor did she have a 24 hour pageant coach or a $10,000 gown. She was just determined. And that is pretty darn inspiring!
|Miss Mississippi 2011 Mary Margaret Roark
Education: Mississippi State University
Platform: J.E.W.E.L.S. For Alzheimer’s
Miss Washington 2011 Brittney Henry
Miss Oregon 2011 Caroline McGowan
Miss Puerto Rico 2011 Laura Ramirez
Miss Texas 2011 Kendall Morris
Miss Illinois 2011 Hannah Smith
Miss Nevada 2011 Alana Lee
Miss South Carolina 2011 Bree Boyce
The Miss South Carolina pageant recently welcomed two new titleholders, Miss Fountain Inn Teen Lauren Waynick and Miss Fountain Inn Susannah White. Lauren Waynick a sophomore at Travelers Rest High School, Travelers Rest South Carolina. Susannah is a senior at Clemson university. Both will be competing in the Miss South Carolina pageant in July.
Congratulations, and welcome!