Wow … I can’t believe it is already time to leave for Jacksonville early tomorrow morning! I’M SO EXCITED! I consider it a true blessing to have been crowned Miss Teen Texas International 2015. I’ve had some awesome experiences and met some wonderful people. As a Native Texan, I cherish this opportunity to represent my great state at the National Pageant!
I’d first like to thank God for breathing life into me and putting me on my path. Thank You for all the blessings You have given to me and allowing me to live in the most awesome country in the world.
I’d like to thank my parents – especially my Momma. Thank you both for making the commitment to me so I can be in the pageant. Thank you for always keeping me on the top of your priority list – I know you have sacrificed a lot for me over the past few months. Thank you for being my parent when I need one and a friend to me always. You both have showered me in love and support and I thank you very much.
Also very high on my list is my Texas Pageant Director, Rachel. I had absolutely no idea what to expect when this journey began a few months ago. You have always been willing to be patient with me, and have given me the guidance I needed to hear at exactly the right time. I am so impressed by your spirit and the zest you have for life. Thank you for giving me the gift of your friendship.
A big “Thank You” goes to Queen Mum Pam, my predecessor Jahnavi, the other former Queens Whitney & Savannah, as well as the current Queens Farabe’ & Elise. Your support, guidance, and sweet words of encouragement have truly meant the world to me. I appreciate all of you!
I’d like to also say “THANK YOU” to the team of consultants and pageant sponsors that I am so very fortunate to have had help to prepare me for this week. To my pageant coach Valerie – thank you for helping me to gain the confidence and skills needed for my interview – I hope I remember everything you have taught me and I make you proud! To my walking coach Carlotta – you’ve taught me more about stage presence & grace in a few sessions than I’ve learned in all my 16 years. To my style consultant Laine – thank you for helping me to develop a visual brand for myself that I truly adore. To my cosmetic coach Sheila – thank you for taking the time to teach this 16 year old not only how to properly apply cosmetics, but also the importance of good nutrition and skin care. Thank you to my awesome hair stylists Juan & Joe w/Satori Salon – Y’all are worth every minute of the drive from DFW to Houston because I love, love, love my hair style! To my photographer Kerry – you have such an amazing ability to make me look my best in print – thank you for taking the time to get everything “just right” for me. To my print consultant, Corrie w/Paper Patina – thank you for doing such an awesome job designing the print work because it couldn’t have turned out better!
Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to extend my gratitude to the Richardson’s for sponsoring the International Pageant System. When I was talking to my parents several months ago about submitting an application for a pageant, they said they were willing to make the commitment with me on the condition that I was able to find a pageant line that encouraged some type of volunteer work. They wanted me to invest time in doing service work that I could commit to, learn from, and would be a benefit to our community. People sometimes think a pageant is all about how pretty the girls are in their gorgeous outfits … and although those things are important, there’s more to it. I’ve learned that beauty is not only measured on outward appearances but also what is in your heart.
Looking forward to a fabulous week!
Miss Teen Texas International 2015
Savannah gets a little help from some of her best friends as she leaves for the Teen International Pageant!