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What a weekend! Going straight from a 5 day week of recruitment practice for my sorority, my mom and I hopped in the car and headed off to Wisconsin State Pageant. It took us a good 4 and a half hours to get up there (but only 3 to get back...hmmm?) Being visiting royalty is one of my favorite experiences of being a state queen. Knowing little girls can't get close enough or talk enough to you while the older girls look up to you and follow your example reminds me of what an honor it is to be a NAM queen. It takes a lot of effort and energy, but when you have Jr. Pre Teens complimenting every aspect of your outfit or connecting with Teens while you learn how active they are in their high schools, it's totally worth it. I had 2 full days of helping out with registration, rehearsals, formal wear competitions, and final pageants.

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I always have time for a photo with a contestant
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Miss queens!
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Some great Vanna White action
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Love little sweethearts like her. Truly a NAM girl: growing, learning, and WORTH IT!
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Proud to be your Miss Minnesota
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With Alyssa, the Iowa Teen
As I've grown with National American Miss since 6th grade, I've expanded my "NAMily" aka my NAM family. When I attend pageants like Wisconsin, I get to see them all! This includes the staff who have been around for years or 2010 queens I met at Nationals and current queens who were at the Minnesota state pageant.
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Linda!
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So blessed to have a great sister queen
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Anna!
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Chatting with Kendra, Miss MN Teen USA and sister queen from 2010
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So sad to say goodbye to Brock who is moving on to great things. Best of luck!
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Ready to help out at rehearsals
Along with queens from across the country, I had fun being glamorous onstage helping with final pageants. Who doesn't like presenting huge trophies and beautiful medals? I was also able to be in the production number dance to You Make Me Feel. It was a challenge because usually queens learn a similar dance at Nationals. I didn't learn it at Nationals or Minnesota so just like the contestants, this was my very first time learning and preforming the dance but I rocked it and had fun dancing my heart out.
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Being announced on stage during the Jr. Teen Pageant
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Helping out at the Pre-Teen pageant
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Production number at the Teen pageant
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Strike a pose!
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Top 15 roses for the Princess division
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Kayla & I helping present medals onstage
*Fun Fact of the weekend* Guess what I forgot...again? For some reason I always forget the white tennis shoes that go with the production number outfit. Luckily mom was there to run out to the mall. It's a running pageant weekend joke because this has happened 3 times now!
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I loved this dance because it combined some of my favorite NAM dance moves
And even queens and staff get a little goofy at times! Here are a few great shots during our down times.
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"The crown is heavy!" best faces
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Typical.
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All tired out after a very long day
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You know, just looking pretty while Brock actually gets to work
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Thanks Wisconsin! Had a fabulous time hanging out with you all
Karlee
8/31/2012 02:49:18

yayy!! i loved seeing you!!:D wish i could've stayed for the teen pageant, but it was a great surprise for both of us when we saw each other! love you!:D

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