Farewell Note to My Successor

Farewell With Love ❤️

Farewell With Love ❤️

It’s so very hard to believe that a year has flown by as quickly as it did. Last March, as I was being crowned your inaugural Miss Junior Teen Illinois United States 2015, I remember wanting my reign to last forever. Now, one quick year later, I feel like it’s all been a dream; a magical, exciting, thrilling, learning experience, and fun dream. As a farewell to my successor, I say, enjoy every single second!

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Take it all in and then hold on for an amazing adventure. From being crowned, to rushing over to our coronation party by our sponsor Fiesta Mexicana, to sleeping in my new crown, to pinching myself in the morning, to my first photo shoot, to my very first appearance, to my first modeling booking, to my first time volunteering with my favorite humanitarian movement project to fight back against hunger at #HashtagLunchbagChicago, to my event with Miss Iowa World spreading awareness about the epidemic of Childhood Obesity, to my first speaking engagement in front of over 1000 students of the New Trier High School Class of 2019–I’ve been blessed and cherished it all.

And you can bet that as Miss Junior Teen Illinois United States 2016, you will too. Get ready sister queen!

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Speaking of getting ready, then comes more fun. Before you know it, even though you’ve already spent hours in preparation of capturing your State crown, it will be time to get ready for the pageant’s National competition. That means more coaching with your sister queens, which was SO much fun and hard work. I know you can do it, with the help of your dedicated director, Ms. Susan. I was blessed to have great coaches in the industry like Sarah Glitzer of Spotlight Consulting, Nikki Huber, and even a workshop with Mr. Jorge Esteban Pageant Smart. Take advantage of all opportunities that your director sets up for you.

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After all that work and preparation we put in, I remember this–next to my awesome mother, my director was the loudest person clapping when I finished 2nd Runner Up in the Nation, thanks Mr. Derrick!!

I owe much appreciation to my interview and platform coaches Mrs. Kimberly Triani and Mrs. Sarah Glitzer! I was able to capture the award of Best Interview in all divisions of the Pageant!

I owe much appreciation to my interview and platform coaches Mrs. Kimberly Triani and Mrs. Sarah Glitzer! I was able to capture the award of Best Interview in all divisions of the Pageant!

You are sure to have the experience of a lifetime on the National stage. Pageant week at Miss United States will be beyond fun and exciting. Get to know your pageant sisters from all over the United States. We all share a bond and some of them I’m sure will be my sister queens forever. I’ll never forget the smile on Gracie Gipson from Tennessee after being crowned our Miss Junior Teen United States 2015 that night. Love you Gracie and congrats again on your accomplishment!

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Other special people to shout out to are Ms. Yadira and staff for keeping me Glammed up all year, Ms. Eva for capturing the year in photos, Mrs. Dawn, Ms. Summar, and the entire team behind #TeamIllinois 2015. Last but not least, thank you to my sister queens and pageant moms for all your love ❤️ and help.

 

Pageant sisters for life.

Pageant sisters for life.

I’ll leave you with this. Be yourself, have fun, remember how blessed you are, and do as much volunteer work with your platform as you can. My passions are ending hunger and working to spread awareness about the epidemic of Childhood Obesity. I pray that you are able to use your reign to work closely with organizations you are passionate about too.

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Farewell to my successor, as well as to all of the people who helped to make my year one of the best of my life. I love you all. ❤️

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Come back to the blog to see who is next to wear the crown. Who knows, it could be you on May 8th, 2016!

 

5 Things I Learned At My First National Pageant

Miss Jr Teen United States 2015 Top 5

Miss Junior Teen United States 2015 Top 5 

So you’ve won your State pageant, or you are thinking positive about the possibility of competing on a National stage. Well that means you’re already halfway there. Congratulations to you! Today I’m blogging about the 5 things I learned at my first National pageant. Hopefully the tips will help encourage another young lady who is just as beyond excited as I was. Here we go.

  1. Do yourself a favor and ignore ALL of the tempting social media posts with subjects like, “Top 15 Predictions” or “Miss Junior Teen United States Winner Predictions” ETC. With so many amazing pageant sister delegates, remember how hard each of you have probably worked for the crown. If you don’t make it on the lists of predictions, you may start to feel that you don’t have a chance. If you see that you do make it on these lists, you may think that you can relax and stop your pageant prep work. Either way I see it, save checking out the fun predictions for after the pageant. Quick Tip: I learned the hard way. After I didn’t make it on ANY of the prediction lists, I still finished in my pageant’s TOP 5! Thank goodness I am a very optimistic and positive person and didn’t let it get to me too much. 🙂
  2. Enjoy the once in a lifetime experience and above all have FUN! With all the responsibilities and your whole team counting on you, it’s easy to over think and stress out during competition. I learned the second I got there that I was in for the time of my life. It was so much fun, you wouldn’t believe! From meeting my new pageant sisters, attending fittings for competition wardrobe, going into hair and make-up EVERY day; I had a blast. Whatever you do, make it fun because it all ends way too quick.
  3. Don’t wait till pageant week to meet the other delegates. As soon as you win your State crown, be sure to congratulate other sister queens from each state on social media. If you are really blessed, you will be able to attend neighboring states to appear at pageants that come after yours. I met so many sweet and awesome Jr. Teens on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. By the time we got to the competition, we were already friends and excited about seeing each other in person. A few of them will be friends for life, I’m sure of it.
  4. In between rehearsals, coaching, hair and make up appointments, team meetings, and competitions; make sure to take in the sights and visit the vendors and sponsor tables. Okay I have a confession, I didn’t do enough of this. Our pageant was in Washington DC, the nation’s capital. The city is so rich in history and I really wanted to get some photos at the White House. If I had it to do over, I would definitely plan a few hours to be a tourist next time. I did get to have fun seeing all of the vendor tables and sponsors. My favorite was Ruby Red Sweets!

Sweets!!! Yummy 🍰 Vendors are here 😆 @rubyredsweets #excitement #Gomissus #delicioustreats #Jrteenunitedstates

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Last, but maybe the most important thing that I learned was to plan ahead.

5. Plan and prepare months before pageant week so that you can take in the experience with very little stress. One of my favorite quotes is about how if you fail to plan, you can be sure to plan to fail. My pageant state director made sure that we had opportunities to have coaching, workshops, sponsors to work with us, pageant wardrobe sponsors, and team events. By the time we hit the road to Miss Junior Teen United States 2015, I was absolutely ready. I really think that is why I had great fun. Every time I stepped on stage the only thing I could think about was, pinch me is this real?

Plan, plan, plan!

Plan, plan, plan! Then just trust that you’re ready and have FUN.

Thank You For Your Encouragement and Support

Thanks for all of your support. Love, Ciara

Because it took a team effort to reach my goal of being crowned Miss Jr. Teen Illinois United States, I really need to thank YOU. Thanks for all of the loving support and encouragement from everyone. I humbly announce that since I won on my state level, I will now compete in Washington DC the first week of July. If I’m successful there, I will become the very first Miss Jr. Teen United States from the State of Illinois! When I found that out, I realized that it was now up to me to set the bar. I really need to work hard everyday to make a difference. I learned from Miss Illinois United States 2014, Brittany Middlebrooks, that being a titleholder is about way more than wearing my beautiful crown. “It’s about making a difference, being a voice for those who may be unheard.”, says my role model and sister queen.

My fundraising efforts are still going strong. There is much more work to be done in order to compete. So, I will still need your help to follow my dreams. Please continue to share and spread the word about me and how I am trying to make a difference in the lives of my peers and others. Please also consider a donation to my fundraiser pageant fund HERE.

This time around, I’ll need to cover the following expenses for 5 days in our beautiful Nation’s Capital:

  • Wardrobe
  • Room and board
  • Hair and makeup
  • Coaching
  • Transportation
  • Any excess funds raised will be donated to #HashtagLunchBagChicago to help feed homeless and hungry children and adults.

In the meantime, I promise you that I’m hard at work bringing awareness about my Beauty With A Purpose platform of Ending Childhood Obesity. I can be found being a voice about organizations like Let’s Move, #HashtagLunchbagChicago, #MyPlate, and The American Diabetes Association. I am very passionate about the mission and work of each of them, so I’ve chosen to spread their awareness all over cyberspace, my peers, and beyond.

Thank you in advance for being part of #TeamCiaraEvans!

Love,

Ciara

Photo Credit: Exclusive Photographer of the Miss Illinois United States Organization, Eva Flis Photography

Crowning of Your Inaugural Miss Jr Teen Illinois United States 2015

The Miss Illinois United States Class of 2015

This is my very first blog post, ever. Welcome and thanks for dropping by. On March 29, 2015 I was blessed to hear my own name, Ciara Evans, announced! Imagine how I felt in that moment, fumbling in disbelief and overwhelmed with tears of joy. I immediately became the inaugural Miss Jr. Teen Illinois United States 2015. Before me, each year my state of Illinois crowned a Teen, Miss, and Ms. United States. But this year, after months of work and preparation, I gained 6 new sister queens! The Miss Illinois United States Organization is now proud to send 7 delegates to the competition of all competitions. Along with a brand new Little Miss, Pre-Teen, Teen, Miss, and Ms, I will compete in the 2015 Miss United States National Pageant in Washington, DC this July! As if that is not exciting enough, we are now part of the Miss World family and will send another delegate to compete! She is the beautiful and sweet Miss Illinois World. Please visit my Miss Jr. Teen Illinois United States Facebook page to meet each of my new pageant sisters.

The reason I started this blog is to share one of the epidemics my generation is facing. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Since I’m most passionate about leading an active lifestyle through dance and eating as healthy as I can; I chose to be a champion for ending childhood obesity during my reign. In between wearing beautiful gowns, watching my favorite movies, shopping with gift cards, hanging out with my friends, and getting glammed-up, you will also find me hard at work volunteering and helping to spread awareness. So far, it’s been work but soooo much fun too!

Since I’m having the time of my life, I thought that I should share the journey with other young girls who have the same dream that I did. To those who dream of becoming a pageant queen and making a difference, I say YOU CAN DO IT! Since the Miss United States Organization has a motto of, Beauty With A Purpose, it was the only one for me. I wanted to do more than be thought of as just another pretty face. I wanted to make a difference.

So here we go, come along for my amazing journey as your Miss Jr. Teen Illinois United States 2015.  

Please leave a comment, I love to talk. Happy blogging!

Love, Ciara

Photo Credit: Official Miss Illinois United States Organization Photographer Eva Flis