My year of service now begins!
Wow, my schedule has filled up fast! Being a full-time student at the University of Minnesota, working as a CNA, and weekly volunteering is definitely keeping me busy.
Here are some recent events and highlights:
Blaine Triathlon—My first event wearing my crown & sash! This year, I signed up to volunteer at the annual Blaine Triathlon that is held right down the street from my house. My brother, Nicholas, volunteered with me, and we were in charge of timing race participants when they passed a certain checkpoint. It was so cool to watch hundreds of people participate in such a well-executed event. I even ran into my uncle who is our Blaine Police Chief!
Newspaper Article—An article about me was published in the newspaper! Needless to say, I was pretty excited to see it in print! If you would like, you can check out the article online here.
Aurora Charter School—Para mi clase de español este semestre, tuve que escoger una organización para hacer servicio comunitario cada semana fuera de la clase. Elegí Aurora, una escuela de inmersión para los niños latinos. Paso tiempo en el primer grado, ¡y los niños son tan lindos! Enseño a los chicos a leer y escribir en español, y
me llaman "Maestra Allie" :)
Miss Moorhead Pageant—This was the first local pageant I attended as a titleholder! It was quite a drive, but Katherine and I had a great time on our road trip! Congrats Abby on your title of Miss Moorhead.
Watching Miss America—After many years of watching the Miss America pageant on television, I can honestly say it was the coolest thing to watch it this year knowing that I am officially a part of the Miss America Organization. Our Miss Minnesota, Madeline, did such an awesome job representing our state, and I am so glad I have had the chance to get to know her. Congrats on being chosen as Miss Congeniality, it really is an amazing award to receive.
Miss Coon Rapids Pageant—This is where my pageant journey began! The only other time I have competed besides COL this year was at Coon Rapids two years ago, and I really enjoyed watching the production from the audience this time around. Congrats to Miss Coon Rapids!
Camp Odayin 5K—This summer, I stepped (way) out of my comfort zone and signed up to be a camp counselor for a week at Camp Odayin, for kids with heart disease. I have never camped, been to any camp, or ever desired to camp, but I loved the cause so I decided to do it for the kids. Little did I know that one week with Camp Odayin would change me and my outlook on life. I had never been so inspired. I have seen firsthand the positive impact this camp has on its campers, and when I saw Camp Odayin was hosting a 5K, I signed right up!
Despite the wind making the temperature feel below freezing, the 5K at Como Park was so much fun. It was so nice to see people from camp, including one of my Birch cabin campers! I had the opportunity to speak with many 5K runners, the Saint Paul Vulcans, and Dez from KS95 about my title and about my camp experience.
I have a few projects in the works, so keep an eye out for updates as there are many ways you can help me make a positive impact in the community!
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