This past weekend, 19 other women and I gathered in Renton, Washington for the annual Spring Forum. This, for those of you who don’t know, is the weekend in which all of the contestants get to know each other a little more, learn more about the organization, find out contestant numbers and then find out who will be each others’ roommate for the week of Miss Washington.
I’ll begin by saying I am excited to say I am number 17 in the show order, which puts me in the Beta group. I will have an afternoon interview and compete in on-stage question and talent in the first half of the preliminary show. My roommate, I am even more excited to announce, is Clista Rakow Miss Thurston County! We’ve already bonded, so I can’t wait to see what the week of Miss Washington has in store for us.
Outside of the excitement of learning show order and who our partners in crime
would be for the week, all of the contestants and I heard from some incredible speakers. We talked about sponsorships, social media, nutrition and health and so much more. Our keynote speakers were Amanda Goolsby, who shared her incredible story about an accident in her life that led her to find her passion, and Kristin Eddings, who was Miss Washington 2006. I would like to thank all of the speakers who took the time to speak with us . I think we all gained something from each talk and are so grateful to have learned from each of them.
On Saturday night, it was time for a little fun! With a fully equipped taco bar and
dessert galore, it was time for the annual Miss Washington dessert auction. Each contestant was paired with another contestant and asked to bring a dessert to auction off. My lovely partner was Miss Tahoma, Hannah Robb. Together, we brought a red velvet bundt cake, courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Spokane. Thank you to them for the donation and thank you to Pink Pearl in Richland for my adorable dessert auction dress. I may have even snagged a bite of the cake, which was downright delicious!
When the weekend came to an end, there was just one last thing to do, bowl! All of the contestants, their families and friends all took part in the Miracle Bowl for CMN. This is one of my favorite parts of the weekend because we’re raising money for a good cause, teams get all dressed up and people just have a good time!
After this weekend, I can’t wait to see all the girls again at Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen and, even more so, I can’t wait to see them at Miss Washington in two short months!