Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Life After The Miss America Pageant


 

Life After Miss America

I’m back! 

I apologize for the delay. I’ve been kept so busy with Miss New Jersey appearances, interviews, holiday events, as well as preparing myself for quite possibly the most challenging, exciting, inspiring, and thrilling event I have come to know, “The Miss America Pageant.” 

I’ve resorted to quicker methods of communication such as: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to log my daily activities. I find it to be quicker, easier, and more fun! I hope you’ve had the chance to follow this incredible journey!

 




I can’t believe it’s been almost a month (This Blog was actually written in FEB) since I walked the big Miss America stage. Where does the time go? I’ve used this past month the recover, recuperate, reorganize, and reflect on what an honor it was to be a contestant in “The Miss America Pageant.”  I’m still in disbelief that the big pageant has come and gone so quickly.

And I’m still in disbelief that something this wonderful has  happened to me.
Miss America or not, I’m still MISS NEW JERSEY! 

My Roommate and I (Miss Alaska-- Debbe!)
I count this among my many blessings each and every day. When I was a little girl, I had a love for “The  Miss America Pageant.” Whether from home or attending as a spectator at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, I never missed a pageant. I remember sitting along the parade route on the Atlantic City boardwalk each year anxiously waiting for Miss New Jersey to pass, she would always receive the loudest cheer. The crowds loved her and she was just as beautiful and marvelous as I could have imagined.  At the time, I always thought she was the most popular contestant, never realizing that her popularity might have had something to do with the state/location in which the pageant was taking place. I always dreamed about what it might be like to be on that car, to be up on that stage. I never thought it would actually happen, but a girl can dream!
And here we are today... a dream come true. Now, when writing autographs for young children, I always sign, “Dream Big” because you just never know what the future has in store for each and everyone of us. Something extraordinary could be waiting to happen – sometimes sooner than you think.

Buca di Beppo

 Miss America Spotting! :)

My Miss America experience was nothing short of incredible, though it didn’t start as smoothly as I would have liked. I acquired pink eye, mouth ulcers, and nasty upper respiratory infection only days/hours before I left for the airport.
I still can’t believe it.
I did such a great job avoiding coming in contact with all unnecessary germs. As we got closer and closer to January, my nieces and nephews were all quarantined to the backroom whenever I would visit, and I stopped hugging and handshaking. I’m actually still asking God for forgiveness for not offering the sign of peace to the lady directly behind me at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, who made sure that everyone was aware that she was sick. I gave my mom an extra-long hug and handshake whispering “I’m sure not catching THAT!”
HA! Boy was I wrong. 

You work so hard over the past months that even the thought of getting sick (as a vocalist) is troubling. Thankfully, after a few days in the dry dessert, I was good as new and ready to begin competition. Of course I chose to do talent on the very first night, not giving me too much time to recover, however I was very satisfied in my performance. Actually, I was very pleased with each of my phases of competition. My interview was my best yet, I loved my evening gown (pictures do the gown no justice), and I was in the best shape of my life. Preparing for something as big and wonderful as “The Miss America Pageant” is the best life training and self-improvement challenge I have ever faced. It has become my goal to maintain that level of improvement so I can still take advantage of this beautiful wardrobe I have acquired.

 I can’t thank The Miss New Jersey Organization enough for granting me this amazing opportunity and providing me with the help I needed to do my best at “The Miss America Pageant.” You are my second family and I am so lucky to have you!





 

The Bonnie Blue Crew, you’re an amazing group! I would not be where I am today without your support, guidance, and unending love. I will always cherish our memories and friendships!  Thank you will just never cut it. So much love to you all!! 





“I get by with a little help from my friends," said the Beatles. Isn’t that the truth? Thank you to the friends who made the long (expensive) journey to Vegas, having you there made the experience so much richer. It was so much fun to bumping into you throughout the week and at visitation! Thank you also to the friends back at home who hosted parties and sent their warm, kind, and supportive wishes my way. I am so incredibly blessed to have such wonderful friends. 


 




What a crew! I was born into the most remarkable and supportive family I could possibly have hoped for. I could truly never put my gratitude and love for you into words. Thank you with all of my heart. 












What a stud!—I am so lucky to have such a great friend in Mr. Chris Delia. His love, support and dedication to my success is immeasurable. You were there for my very first local pageant and with me until my very last. There is no greater guy!  Love you most. 




Everyone knows that I love my sister, but I just would like to lay emphasis on why I love her so much and remind you all of just how remarkable she truly is. My sister is a behind the scenes type of person, but in my world, she is the star of the show. She is the true definition of selflessness and puts the needs of others before her own. I would not have made it through this experience without her. She is my sister, my therapist and my best friend. I love you with all of my heart, Carrie Ann! 


Mom and Dad you have sacrificed time, finances, and efforts to help me soar higher than I’ve ever gone. Your dedication as parents has been a priceless gift. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you both most dearly!




Below I am going to post some pictures with brief description of some of my pre Miss America appearances if you have not seen them yet on social media. The following are some of my Miss America shots:
Talking to customers at the Star Diner








longport day

Speaking at an event hosted by the Salvation Army







Miss NJ Golf Outing








Citizen of The Year Diner
Shopping Spree At Posh- Cherry Hill, NJ -- AWESOME STORE! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Telethon in support of Hurricane Sandy victims

an addition to my hometown of EHC ;)


Fundraiser at Adelphias


Singing and speaking at the Gloucester County Library

Singing in the opening of the Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Grand marshal in the Rowan University Homecoming parade 
 Stomping Grapes at Dimateo's Winery!
Flipping the coin :)!
Spending Time with the Troops on Thanksgiving! 
Reading to a 2nd grade class

Wildwood Fireman's Parade

Some wonderful volunteers for my fundraising event-- The Miracle Miles 5k and Pancake breakfast!

Volunteering at the foodbank of south jersey


Coulumbus Day Parade/ Wreath Laying Ceremony

Crusaders Award Ceremony


Pincess Tea Party- edicacy class- Hosted by Mackenzie Olsen






Bala Cynwyd Golf Outing

Bala Cynwyd Gold Outing


Walking practice at Boardwalk Hall-- Ashley F. & Becky N.
Performing with the Hickory Tree Choir--- Hurricane Sandy Concert
Toys for tots




Performing with the AC POPS! -- Toys for Tots Event




Hosting " Tea with Clara"
EHC CHRISTMAS PARADE




Steve & Wes-- Two good friends who helped me film my people choice video :)



Thank you EHC Knights!

Hackensack Columbus Day Parade






It rained on my parade in Sea SideHeights


\Teacher's Convention- AC



Working hard for that swimsuit body!
( I'm not sure why some of these photos are blurry either)



In closing, I am just so grateful to have gone to Miss America. I made new friends and made memories that will last a lifetime!


What’s next for Lindsey Petrosh, you might ask?


 Well I will certainly cherish my last few months serving as Miss New Jersey, that’s for certain!  However, I would hope that there are greater things in store for my life. Although this will always be among my BEST experiences, It would be pretty sad if Miss New Jersey was the “best thing that ever happened to me,” it doesn’t give you much to hope for at the young age of 24.
I like to think that the possibilities are endless and that the best is still yet to come! C.S Lewis said, “You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” 
That’s just what I’ll do!
Dream on friends, I sure will!

All of my love,
Lindsey Petrosh
Miss New Jersey 2012

P.S How Exciting to Have Miss America Back in Atlantic City!!