What a success! Although I didn’t win the Miss Colorado USA title overall, of all 92 contestants I won the Miss Congeniality award for the Miss Colorado USA Pageant and as a top semi-finalist I walked away with a $29,500 scholarship towards receiving my MBA degree. I want to extend a heart-felt thank you for your commitment to making this opportunity so successful for me. If it wasn’t for you, I truly wouldn’t have been able to walk away having gained the experience, friendships, memories, and future opportunities that I have now. I met the most amazing young women this weekend. Like me, they were all looking to advance in their careers and there to chase after dreams. I had so much respect for the women who had mustered up the courage to walk on that stage to get judged in front of so many people. I have a completely new perspective on the Pageantry world. These are amazing women; intelligent, beautiful, and talented. Some had been back from competing last year, years before, and some like me, were first time contestants. As a semi-finalist, I got the chance I wanted to share with others that “if they work hard and believe in themselves enough, they can and will achieve anything”. Thanks to you, I was able to help women this weekend learn how to appreciate who they are and why they are special. You are truly appreciated and I cannot thank you enough. I am a better person now because of you, please know I will cherish and remember you forever.