Sunday, May 29, 2011

From high heels to sandbagging...a week in the life of Miss Teen ND

Hi Everyone! 
The past week has been both awesome and challenging.  

First, I was able to participate in North Dakota’s Band Day parade! I met a lot of new people as well saw some familiar faces! I was even asked for a picture with Scratch from Bobcat Hockey!

I also had a day in Fargo with my sister queens Shelle and Stacy and my state directors to prepare for the national competition coming up in July in Chicago. I am very excited to be able to talk about my platform Keeping Teens Tobacco Free and meeting with all the other state queens!

Most recently, I have traded my high heels to help sand bag to protect in my hometown.  This has been a challenging time for the residents of Bismarck. We are all on flood duty with the release of water from the Garrison Dam. There is an urgent need for volunteers to help fill sandbags and help protect friends, neighbors, family and total strangers homes and businesses. I was honored to stand side by side with my fellow neighbors to help in the efforts to protect our community. 

As a member and big fan of the Dakota Zoo I was able to help protect the animals and homes at the zoo. It was very rewarding to look back at all the hard work and dedication the community has done to help each other with emotional and physical assistance in the fight to keep each other dry. 

It is times like this that you cannot only see but you can feel the love and commitment that the wonderful city of Bismarck has to make North Dakota a great state to live in.

Until next time!
Emily Carson

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Valuing Human Life

Have you ever taken the time to think about the value of human life and what it truly means to you? What is the price you would sell your life for? Or is life too amazing and full of surprises with never ending adventures to adequately put a price on it? Lately I have been doing a lot of thinking on this very thought, what does having the opportunity to live life mean to me? By this point you are probably wondering why contemplating the value of human life is so important and what point am I exactly trying to get at. I am about to tell you exactly why each individual person deserves to be valued. 

As I have discussed previously, my platform is human trafficking, “It’s happening here, It’s happening now.”  Just to refresh your memory, human trafficking is known as modern day slavery and is affecting people locally, nationally, and internationally. Recently I came across an article discussing this very topic. Needless to say, I have researched this topic for many years and read many articles but this one was different.  This article discussed how in 1809 the average price of a slave was $40,000 when adjusted in today’s money, while today the price of a person forced into slavery is $90. The point, the price of human life continues to decrease, and to people in the trafficking ring, your life is no more important or even worth anything greater than a few dollars.  

Slavery has played a huge role throughout history but unfortunately as we can see it has never truly disappeared. The fact that there are more than 30 million slaves in the world today, which is more than at the height of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, is disturbing let alone unbelievable. I want to remind people that the value of our life is much greater than $90. In fact our lives are so important that no dollar amount would ever be worthy enough.  That is why it is so important to take a stand against this cause and fight to end modern day slavery.  As Edward Everett stated, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” It is important to remember that no one human life is more important than the next and we are all worth more than $90.

Yours truly,

Stacy Schaffer
Miss ND International 2011

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Presidential Award for Academic Achievement and Shopping for Nationals

Hello everyone!
Last week was an amazing week!!! It started with me receiving the Presidential Award for Academic Achievement at my school!  It was an amazing honor to receive an award signed by President Obama.

To wrap up my wonderful week, I was met by Allison and Kathy to start shopping for nationals!! I was in heaven going through several dress shops and finding too many dresses I loved! With the assistance of mom, Allison, and Kathy, I was able to pick out most of my wardrobe and accessories.

I also made an appearance at the Civic Center for Women’s Health Day.  Stacy and I helped sign several women up to join the Go Red for Women fight against heart disease. 

Once again, I would love to thank Allison and Kathy for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime, for all their guidance, support, and for being very dear friends along the way, and my family for all their help, support and guidance!!
Until next time, I’m Emily Carson, Miss Teen North Dakota International