Me? Your Next Miss Teen 2012?

Yesterday, February 21, 2012, I was escorted by my close friend Symien 30 minutes away from school to the Crown Plaza Hotel. My reason for going was because the weekend prior to this week I had received a letter in the mail from Virginia. A woman named Patty Ann was addressing me, telling me that I was referred to her by someone I know. The letter was for the 2012 Miss Teen Pageant. I was very ecstatic to receive this information. I have never been in a pageant before, but I have seen many on TV. I was also in shock, wondering why I would be recommended for a pageant when I have never done anything close to it. Regardless, I was asked if I was interested and if so then there would be an interest meeting Tuesday February 21ST at 5:30pm sharp. I was very unclear if I even wanted to participate because the first thing I thought about when the word pageant was mentioned were tons of white females who have been doing pageants since they could walk, and how could I compete with that? None the less, I said what the heck and went to the interest meeting. I felt somewhat out of place because it was a lot of white people. It’s nothing racist because I use to go to mixed schools, but since 8TH grade and up I’ve been at all black schools, so it kind of just through me out of the presence of other races.
When I got to the Crown Plaza I was directed to the back to sign in. They asked us to wear clothing as if we were going to an interview, to bring a picture of ourselves, to bring pen and paper to take notes and to arrive 15-20 minutes early. Even though I arrived early, I was disappointed that we did not start on time. Once everyone got settled we were introduced to a woman, whose name escapes me, who would be guiding us throughout the pageant. She gave us a brief background information on her life. One thing interesting I remember is that she said during the week she works with teens that are HIV positive and contracted it through drugs and other related substances and during the week she worked with pageant girls. It was awkward, but cool at the same time.
While the hostess was giving a brief run through of the pageant I and other girls were escorted outside of the room to turn in our papers we received and to do a brief interview. I believe I did well. Once returning to the room we viewed a video of the previous year’s pageant. It seemed like so much fun and it excited me. The one thing that really made me want to do the pageant overall was when we were handed our packets and told the prizes. The cash prizes offered somewhat interested me. The winners would receive $20,000-$50,000, but by time I’m back in school next year I would have already paid that much, so that kind of made me laugh. The best prize was for the age division 16-19. We are able to win a 2013 sports car. I lit up at the thought.
Now I am waiting for my reply to see if I have made it to the next level. I believe I have, but if so I will have complications. The days we’re supposed to practice, I will be on spring break and in South Carolina. The hotel is already paid for and I don’t want it to go to waste. My mom thinks I should go through with the pageant, but that means I’ll be sacrificing something I really want to do. I’ve been dancing for about 10 years and I have sacrificed so much just to dance, so I don’t think it’s far. If pushed to the next level I will call the people and see if I can work out something, if not then I guess I won’t be doing the pageant, sadly, but there is always next year.
Do you think I should go forward with the pageant? Or enjoy my spring break fully?

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By jacquelynnichele Posted in English

3 comments on “Me? Your Next Miss Teen 2012?

  1. My name is Michaela, the 2012 Miss Teen Houston winner. I did the exact same pageant you are talking about. I went to the same meeting, they were late, the woman claimed the exact same thing (working with HIV positive people) and she seemed like a saint. After telling us about the $20,000 in cash prizes for the first pageant, and about $60,000 for the winner of Nationals, we decided to do it.
    After winning the pageant (which I was ecstatic) there were a few photos snapped of me and everyone was pushed out of the building. I received no money. No scholarships. No car. NOTHING! Which is not what was promised. I can’t find ANYTHING about myself on the internet, and I’m not even on the 2012 miss teen website! The Miss Jr. Teen is all over it. HELLO?! What about the actual Miss Teen Houston winner?! I am beyond furious.
    My parents and I have been doing some research, and with each search we are coming to the conclusion that this pageant is a SCAM.
    Congratulations on your letter, but I suggest you do NOT do this pageant. Complete waste of money.

  2. MY DAUGHTER RECIEVE THE SAME LETTER FOR THE 2012 IN NY SHE WENT TO THE SAME MEETING, SHE WAS ACCEPTED FOR THE COMPETITION, BUT WHEN I GOOGLE IT AND EVERYBODY SAY IT IS A SCAM I THINK I DON’T LET HER DO THIS, EVERYTHING LOOK SO REAL, IF SOMEBODY ELSE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS PAGEANT, PLEASE PUT IT ON THE INTERNET SO EVERYBODY CAN KNOW THAT THIS IS A SCAM.

    HI MICHAELA, DID YOU GO TO THE POLICE OR SOMETHIN?, ALSO YOU SHOULD GO TO THE NEWS.

    I FEEL SO BAD FOR MY DAUGHTER SHE IS VERY DISSAPOINTED SHE REALLY WANT TO GO INTO THIS.

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