Wow … I have had such a blessed and amazing year in 2015! It has been both an awe-inspiring and a very fulfilling experience being selected to represent my native home State of Texas in the best pageant system in the industry. Despite time flying by so quickly this year, I have tried to make the most of every available minute. With the focus on developing a platform for community service, the International Pageant System seeks out and reinforces those leadership qualities in women which help to develop well-rounded, responsible, and contributing members of society.
The year was filled with experiences from many different kinds of appearances … educational ones like when I worked the American Heart Association booth at the Taste of Dallas, exciting ones like when I was chosen to ride on the convertible corvette in the parade at the Texas State Fair, fun ones like when I got to meet many different dogs at the Humane Society of North Texas 5K, political ones like when I got meet the Mayor of Fort Worth, and solemn ones that help me gain some perspective like when I did my pushups for #22KILL.
By working in support of my platform, #savingourbestfriends, I feel that I have been able to make a positive contribution to the health and welfare of the shelter animals in my community. Whether I was investing quality time walking one dog to help them develop better socialization skills to give them a better chance at getting adopted, promoting and organizing a food & supply drive for a local animal shelter, or spending a few hours sharing with elementary school kids to teach them how to have a successful pet adoption experience, I feel that my time was very well invested. I do plan to continue working on the objectives of my platform in the months and years to come. Maybe someday the shelters will be empty, but until then there is still a lot of work to be done.
There are so many people that I need to thank for their assistance, guidance, and support along this journey. First and foremost, I’d like to thank God for the opportunities He has blessed me with, and for allowing me to be born into a wonderful and supportive family. Mom & Dad, I couldn’t have done it without you both. We became a lot closer this year than I could have ever imagined. And Mom … I will never be able look at a coin-collection machine in a toll booth without cracking-up laughing for the rest of my life! Thank you to my amazing director, Rachel Hedstrom! You started off as the State of Texas’ pageant director teaching me, the new girl, the ropes. However, you very quickly became a mentor, role model, and very close in my life.
There are so many others that helped make this year possible. Thank you to Valerie Hayes for coaching me on how to anticipate the questions behind the questions, Laine Berry for helping me to understand how to pick clothes that work for me, Carlotta Lennox for teaching me how to carry myself with grace and poise, Sheila Ybarra for the exceptional make-up application lessons, Kerry Beyer for his experience with capturing the perfect photo, Corrie Demmler for your creative ideas in organizing my platform page, and the stylists who created a perfect new look for me, Juan and Joe w/ Satori Salon. I am so appreciative of the time they took out of their busy schedules to devote to me this past year.
This pageant system has helped me to better understand and represent myself to others. Working in my platform has further reinforced for the value of service and the amount of good that can be accomplished by a few dedicated people. The International System pulled together so many professionals who, in their own ways, contributed to teaching me how to be the best “me” that I can be. Lastly, this pageant system was also the vehicle by which I was able to meet many new people this past year, several of whom I consider my friends today.
2015 has been a year of a lifetime, and I’m so thankful that I was chosen to represent the Great State of Texas as the state’s Miss Teen International title holder. As my reign comes to a close and I get ready to pass my crown and sash, I’d like to leave everyone with one of the most profound statements I came across while working my platform, “Saving one dog will not forever change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” And for the last time, I am Savannah Wahrer your Miss Teen Texas International 2015.