By: Maggie Leach
The past year has been a whirlwind for me. I moved from Minnesota to Iowa. I started a new school, I made all new friends, I joined a new pageant system, and I aged up to the Teen Division. At first, I was terrified, but looking back on it now I can say that it changed my life for the better. I have had so many great experiences in just the first nine months living in Iowa.
I started competing in pageants at age seven, and have loved them ever since. I had always heard about the Miss Teen America system through friends of ours, and through social media. I knew that when I was old enough I wanted to compete in this system. When I found out that Miss Teen America was moving into the “One Queen, One Dream” idea, I was overjoyed to be old enough to compete. My dream is now a reality, and I am representing Iowa at nationals! I can’t wait to meet all of the other amazing teens!
When I received my Teen America crown and sash, I was so excited! I walked around the house in them for at least an hour, and was dreaming about the adventures I would come across while enjoying my title. So far, I have been able to do some fun and exciting things. I was able to drive up to my Great-Great-Great Grandparent’s Century and Heritage Farm in Fredricksburg, Iowa and snap some unique crown and banner photos. I visited the final destination of 1950’s Teen Rock-and-Roll Stars, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens in Clear Lake, Iowa, and I was also able to speak, and volunteer at Megan’s Miracle Makers trivia night and fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
Being the child of a teacher, my parents have a rule that my titleholder experiences must be educational. When school gets out on May 31st you can count on many new Iowa adventures on my social media page. My family and I are very excited to explore the Hawkeye State and share the great places we visit with you all. Proudly exploring new horizons, I am your 2018 Miss Iowa Teen America, Maggie Leach.