I am so proud and honored to have been crowned Miss Minnesota International for 2016. My journey to Miss Minnesota was very unique and I feel so blessed that I get to share with all of you how I got to where I am today.
I want to start off by sharing my home life with all of you! My father was a corporate executive for much of my 4 older siblings lives which, in turn, caused our family to move frequently while I was very young. Our family has lived in Seattle, Baltimore, Green Bay, and Chicago. just to name a few locations. I myself was actually born in Louisville, Kentucky in the year 1997. When my parents decided to custom build a house of their dreams they finally said “This is it! We are staying here for a while!” It has been almost 10 years since that day and I am thankful that I get to call Minnesota my home. Why do I love Minnesota so much you may ask? I love how in the morning you can be finishing up a Glam Doll Donut while drinking a SpyGirl from Spyhouse coffee and just a short while later be hiking the trails of Minnehaha Park. The diversity of our state is what makes it such a wonderful place to grow up.
My hometown of Hastings is just about 30 minutes away from Saint Paul, our states capital. This is the place where I really found out who I am and the what kind of persons I want to be. Throughout high school I did a variety of activities; Volleyball, Younglife, show choir, theater, Student Council, Class Officers, Link Crew, Youth Ambassadors and Peer Tutoring were among my favorites. Links below are to see me in action participating in some of these extracurricular activities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn0_TZ1oTYo ( Go to 10:50, Look for the tall sassy girl in the middle)
https://www.facebook.com/astarthor/videos/t.1084354908/10203389457191691/?type=2&theater ( Go to 1:35, Look for number 5)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJOhmtXP_pA ( Go to 44:50, Look for Sharpay)
Many people would ask me why I did so much at such a young age and truthfully it was because I loved everything. I loved being a performer just as much as I loved being a middle blocker. I think that being so involved really has made me such a well-rounded person today. When pageants came into the picture I was more than excited to give it my all.
The Miss Minnesota Pageant was the first pageant I had ever competed in and I am beyond blessed to have taken home the crown. It was not luck that got me to where I am today, it was hard-work, focus, and determination. I am very excited to represent Minnesota proudly at the Miss International Pageant in July and I know that my past experiences will help me to be the perfect candidate to take home the International title.
Your Miss Minnesota International 2016