Creating Generation Healthy
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My journey to become Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen began 6 years ago when I first stood on this very stage competing for the teen title. Without a doubt in my mind I knew I would be back to represent this amazing community, which has become my home away from home. One year ago my journey continued as I was crowned and welcomed into the CR family with open arms and big hearts; ready to help me pursue my goals, and reach my highest potential.
I was beyond honored to be the preliminary evening gown & on-stage question winner along with being named 2nd runner up at the Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen competition. And how humbling to be recognized for the second year in a row for the Anne and Hal Alyger Community Involvement Award for all of the service work that I completed during my reign.
This year I was able to grow my Non-Profit Organization; Little Sprouts Garden Gang to a “national” level by providing 105 childcare facilities in 21 states with free vegetable seeds for children to plant gardens that provide fresh produce. Some other goals I accomplished this year included publishing my first children’s book; Come and Plant a Garden with Me and personally spreading my message about my campaign “ME; move more, eat real” to more than 1900 students. I could not have done it without the help, love and support of so many people.
Erin, you have presence about you that makes everyone fall in love with you, you are such a sweet and down to earth person and even though we lived on opposite ends of the state you were always someone I could count on. I will cherish every memory we have made together this year because it was an amazing year with you by my side representing Coon Rapids. I know we always will have each other’s backs. Thank you for being the best sister queen a girl could ask for, I will miss you very much!
Megan, thank you so much for everything this past year. Whether it was helping me with what to wear, mock interviews, practicing walks or giving me advice, I will always be so grateful that you were there for me cheering me on from the sidelines. I will miss having you as a director!
Theresa, although you are the Miss director you were also my director and thank you so much for helping me with everything. Being a chaperone at any of my many appearances, driving me all over the place and of course our many sleepovers has made this year even better. I will miss you very much, thank you for everything!
A special shout out to Sue, John, Mark, Zayanne, Meghan, Marcie, Becky, Stephen, Teda, Diane and the entire Coon Rapids Committee, I have truly been blessed by how much advice I have gotten from you all. Thank you for all of the love and support you have given me this past year. I will miss each and every single one of you because you help this program flourish and want girls like me to come back after competing for the first time at the age of 12 to represent you. So, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
To the many competition sponsors and the community of Coon Rapids, you have been so kind to welcome me as if I were one of your own to represent Coon Rapids. Truly making it feel like my home away from home. Thank you all for supporting me this past year.
Mallory Hagan, thank you for everything you did in order to help prepare me for the state competition. You helped me feel more confident in myself and what I have to offer. I have learned so many skills from you that I will carry with into any interview or room that I walk into. Thank you again!
A special thank you to Paula Preston for taking my beautiful head-shots and to Gianna Capuzzi for helping me with makeup and hair throughout my reign! Also, to John Nelson for capturing all of the memories made during state week! Another big thank you goes to Sarah from the Pageant shop and Le Chic for helping me with all of my wardrobe for the state competition. Also, to MAI Movement for the fitness wear!
Thank you is never enough to say to my family members. Mom and Dad you have helped guide me throughout my years as a pageant girl and I’m so thankful that you have been so supportive of me pursuing my dreams. To my siblings, Kassidy, Brekden and Kenzi, thank you all for your love and support and being my biggest fans. I love you all so much.
To the future Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen and Miss Coon Rapids, take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. You never know what it will lead to, I know it will be something great.
Time flies but memories last forever, signing off for the last time,
I am Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen 2018, Annika Kovar