As most all of you know, Miss WA; AKA Brittney Henry went to Las Vegas to represent WA in the Miss America Pageant. We did a follow up with her about her experience and this is what she had to say :) We all know how hard she worked and what an accomplishment this is! Congrats on your journey!
Brittney Henry: "The whole Miss America experience was, without a doubt, the most
incredible journey Ive ever been on! I left for Vegas on January 3rd and
returned home on January 17th so it was a long two weeks in Vegas and
exhausting to say the very least. We spent HOURS everyday rehearsing for
the show. The pageant itself is actually 5 nights long, not just the
one night that is shown on TV.
Before I left for Vegas I was
feeling nervous and excited at the same time. I made the decision to not
let what any of the other contestants were doing effect my focus and
energy. This meant, not comparing myself to the other girls, not trying
to guess who was going to do well, not worrying about who was going to
win, just making sure I was putting all of my energy toward being the
best competitor that I could be.
Once I got there I actually
got really sick just two days in! I started antibiotics and was so
thankful that I got sick early in the first week and not during the
competition itself. With 53 girls, and schedules pushing exhaustion MANY
girls got sick as well. I quickly reunited with some of the girls that I
knew before arriving in Vegas and that made the whole week a BLAST! we
spent a lot of our time laughing and enjoying each others company.
As each night of came and went, I was feeling wonderful about how I had
performed. My first night was on-stage question and my question was
about HOW I inspire low-income youth that a college education is for
them. I felt like I gave a great answer and was able to share a little
bit more about my personal experience getting to college. The second
night I competed in Swimsuit and Evening gown managed to make it down
the flight of stairs with no hesitation and really show my energy in swim and my poise in Evening gown. Talent
was my last night of competition and the highest scoring phase of
competition. My talent performance was not as good as it went in dress
rehearsal butI was pleased with it! (you can see pictures from all
phases of competition on my facebook- feel free to use them).
When finals night came, I anxiously waited to hear my name be called
into the top 15 and I was very sad when it didn't. I had worked so hard
preparing for hat moment and I really wanted to have the opportunity to
compete on live television. I was worried that everybody who had came
all the way to Vegas and everyone who had tuned in to see me would be
disappointed. I soon found out that I was very wrong. My support team
who had come to Vegas to cheer me on, were just as proud and excited for
me as if I had won Miss America!
The greatest lesson I have
learned from this whole process is that things don't always turn out
the way we hope, but everything happens for a reason, and now the
exciting part is to watch that reason unfold before our very eyes. My
advice for anyone is that every failure or loss, even ones that we have
been working our whole lives to achieve, bring us one step closer to
finding our purpose.
Now that I have returned home to Washington (and after 4 days of no
heat, hot water, or electricity) I am back to full-time duties as Miss
Washington. I have 6 more months and just because I didn't win Miss
America, does not mean that my job as MIss Washington is over. Its just
begun! I have many school visits booked and several other fun
engagements to support organizations and charities around the state.
I am so thankful that my teeth are looking incredibly beautiful and
with all of the smiling and photo ops, my confidence in my appearance
has never been better. Thank you to Smiles by Sutherland for giving me
my beautiful smile and for the entire office always treating me like a
Smiles By Sutherland: Thank you Brittney for taking us with you to Miss America, we had so much fun cheering you on and thank you for showing off that wonderful Invisalign smile :) We cannot wait to see you at the office again!
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