I will never forget after the pageant when my family came onto the stage and my sister asked what my initial thought was when my name was called? At that point I was still just so speechless, and then she said exactly what she had thought. She said she and my family were on the edges of their seats when the words "contestant number 8" were called. She started counting from the start of the line to see who the winner was before they announced the name. With the runners up previously called, we were no longer in our exact order,so she had a second of disappointment right before they said my name. We have shared a few laughs over this!
Something that I never thought would happen while competing in a pageant, was how much I would learn about myself. I gained so much more from this than just the crown. I feel that I really grew from this experience, and I can't thank everyone whose helped me enough. I'm so thankful this journey has finally begun for me!