For those of you who don't know- this past weekend I gave up my Miss OBU title to a wonderful girl named Kristen Glover! I was so proud to crown her because I know she will represent Ouachita in amazing ways this summer at Miss Arkansas! It was a bittersweet weekend for me in the fact that I knew that it would most likely be my last time to perform on the JPAC stage and be my last time to wear a crown. I wanted to share with y'all what I wrote (with the help of my dad *smile*) for the program!
"On February 6, 2010, I was crowned Miss Ouachita Baptist University. This year has gone by so quickly! Sharing the Miss OBU stage on that special night along with ten deserving contestants was indeed an honor for me. Hearing my name announced as the winner was truly a moment that will forever echo in my mind. There could be no higher honor than representing this University that I have loved since childhood and called my home for four years. I love Ouachita...each brick, building and tradition...and will cherish the education and every memory made here for the rest of my life.
Of course, the highlight of my year as Miss OBU was representing Ouachita at the 2010 Miss Arkansas Pageant this past July. Sharing this experience with five beautiful and intelligent women from Ouachita’s student body was also very special to me. After receiving the Miss OBU crown, I learned that with the encouragement of my loving family and a tremendous support system of friends, along with some good, old-fashioned hard work and perseverance, that much could be accomplished! Finishing in the final top-ten on the closing night of competition was a personal achievement that I am very proud of. Of course, standing with my dear friend and EEE pledge sister, Alyse Eady, as she was crowned the new Miss Arkansas, was just icing on the cake for me!
I will be forever grateful for this wonderful opportunity of representing Ouachita Baptist University. Like me, the new Miss OBU will grow in personal confidence, talent and poise. However, my prayer for our new Miss OBU 2011 is that she will represent Ouachita with an unfading “crown of character” that distinguishes this title far above many others."
Johnny Apple also put together one of the best farewell slideshows I have ever seen! He did such an amazing job I want to share it with you as well!
In the words of Bethany Whitfield "Once your a Miss OBU....You're always a Miss OBU" :)