Well, I am finally back from my small hiatus! My summer has been crazy, but now that my calculus class has ended and I can have a life outside of math again, I plan to resume my normal weekly posting schedule (hopefully)!
This week I would like to talk about the Texas state pageant that took place last weekend. The pageant took place in San Antonio, Texas at the beautiful Wyndham Hotel on the Riverwalk. It was so amazing to be reunited with my American Pageants family and sister queens, as well as welcome new titleholders into this incredible family!
The weekend was jam-packed with events and competitions that were kicked-off with a National Titleholder photoshoot at 8:00 AM Saturday morning, and though this college girl was not happy to wake up before noon, the occasion was well worth it. I was the official pageant choreographer, which meant that it was my job to teach all of the contestants the opening production number for the pageant finale. Though I was extremely nervous to take on this new role because let’s face it, ya girl can’t dance to save her life, the girls picked up the dance quickly and made my job so simple and enjoyable. We had a blast through every rehearsal!
All preliminary competitions were finished on Saturday, so all of the staff and contestants were pretty exhausted by the time the ice cream party came around that evening, but that didn’t stop us from stuffing our faces and dancing until out crowns almost fell off!
Then Sunday came and it was time for me to say goodbye to my Miss Teen of Texas banner forever and welcome four new state titleholders to the class of 2017! The final pageant was bittersweet, as all finals seem to be. I gave my farewell speech (which I will copy and paste to the bottom of this post just in case you want to read it later) and then it we got to crown the new Little Miss, Young Miss, Junior Miss, and Miss Teen of Texas! All in all, it was an amazing weekend and I cannot wait to be reunited with all of my American Pageants family in the near future!
So you’re probably wondering how a nerdy, computer science loving teenager became a pageant queen.
Well, I started competing in pageants when I was only seven years old, and I competed for the first time in the American Pageants system in 2008 when I made 3rd (or maybe 2nd) runner up. After holding the title of Young Miss of Texas in 2011 and competing in a few other systems for a couple years, I decided to officially hang up my banners and put away my crowns to retire from pageantry at the age of 16. Well, like I always say… you can take the girl out of the pageant, but you can’t take the pageant out of the girl. After two seemingly endless years of Facebook stalking all of my pageant friends and watching EVERY SINGLE televised and livestreamed pageant I could get my hands on, I developed a mad case of pageant fever. I eventually decided to come out of retirement and begin competing again… in the pageant system that felt most welcoming and most like home, American Pageants. I honestly expected nothing to come from it—I mean c’mon. I had been out of the pageant game for two years, I had no idea how to apply eyeliner without looking like a rabid raccoon and my hiatus from the glamorous pageant lifestyle had somehow turned me into EVEN more of a nerd because that’s when I first learned computer programming.
I guess you can say I’m pretty thankful for a wonderful system like American Pageants that appreciates the nerd in me and doesn’t care that my hair is a mess like 110% of the time. I ended up winning Miss Teen of Texas 2016 and went on to nationals in Minneapolis to win Miss Teen of America 2017, and the rest is history.
First and foremost, I would like to thank God because with him all things are truly possible.
Next, I would like to thank my family. Dad, thanks for loving me unconditionally, sass, ridiculousness and all. You are truly the BEST Iron Man… ya know, because you always get stuck ironing all of my clothes for me. Momma, thank you for being the best pageant mom I have ever met. Without your unconditional love and support, I would not be the woman I am today. This may be our last rodeo, but we’re going out with a bang. Noah, thanks for being my partner in crime, whether we’re talking about the robot apocalypse, nerding out about artificial intelligence, or singing Hamilton in the car, you are the best friend I could ever ask for. Oma and grandpa, thank you so much for driving all the way down from Oklahoma just to support me this weekend. I love you both.
To my American Pageants family, I am so blessed to have y’all in my life. Thank you for everything you’ve done to help me be the best titleholder possible. Especially, you, Ms. Sunny, who often has to fill in as my pageant mom and understands my distaste for waking up any time before noon. To all of my sister queens, especially Bailey, Chesney, and Giselle, you all bring so much light to my life and make me laugh those good, deep laughs that hurt your stomach. We still have a few more months of telling ghost stories, competing in fake hill billy pageants, and pretending the floor is lava. Let’s make them count.
To my successor, you’re one lucky gal. Make sure to soak it all in because it goes by a lot faster than you can even imagine. You’re in for the ride of your life, so buckle up and don’t look back.
And most importantly to those girls who won’t walk away with a crown on their heads tonight, I’ve been in your shoes WAY more times than I can count, and I turned out pretty all right. A sparkly hat and a title doesn’t define your worth as a person or your success. You’ve already come so far by just being here. Allow this experience to grow you as a person and help you better yourself. Don’t lose faith, keep experimenting, keep trying new things, keep pushing boundaries. The world is yours to conquer, with or without the crown.
Well, I’m pretty sure I a WAY over my two minute time limit so I guess it’s now time for a goodbye. For the very last time, I am your 2016 Miss Teen of Texas, Serena Nycole Zamarripa.