Sunday, July 31, 2011

Distinguished Young Women

The Top 8

T's Distinguished Young Women experience came to a satisfying conclusion last night. She has had so much fun and was so glad she participated! We are crazy proud of her! She accomplished what she set out to do and has walked away with some wonderful friendships.

Friday night was prelims and she had a nice crowd cheering her on. Some of our neighbors came, some of her dance team friends were there, a couple of girls from the dance studio, her "little sister" and her family were there and a couple of my girlfriends came to support her. We had no idea what to expect and were very pleased with the event. Everything was exceptionally organized and everything ran smoothly. The girls were very well taken care of and were showered with lots of gifts and goodies over the past two weeks. T's little sister, Ashley, made her the most beautiful scrapbook! She was very sweet to T and they have a wonderful relationship. And, of course, Mrs. W, Ashlyn & The Boy were there to support her, too. The Boy also presented T with a beautiful bouquet of flowers Saturday night.

T & Her "Little Sister" (end of the night and T's hair/make-up is a hot mess!)

Friday night T participated in the opening number, fitness, talent and self-expression. The fitness number was INSANE. She told me it was rough but I had NO idea what she was talking about. Holy Cow. They were hard core and T totally rocked it. One of the mom's from the dance studio sat behind me and before the event even started she said her daughter came home earlier in the week and said, "Mom! T is SOLID in the fitness and is kicking every one's butt!" they did hard core aerobics, sit-ups, push-ups, crunches for well over 10 minutes. During the very last song (my personal favorite "Rock & Roll All Night" by Kiss) each girl came to the front of the stage and was spotlighted. T was very, very controlled and she was ripped. She's in excellent shape this summer. Her arms look like Linda Hamilton's from the Terminator. There is not an ounce of fat on her and she's incredibly strong and healthy. Her talent was wonderful but afterwards she told me she was trying to pull a quad (turn) to impress the judges but she just should have stayed with a triple. For her self-expression, T talked about lacrosse and dance and while they are on total ends of the spectrum, they both keep her balanced, grounded and healthy and help her to be the very best she can be. It really came from the heart and she nailed it. She never faltered or stumbled. Most of the other girls talked about community service or something like that.

Saturday afternoon she had her personal interview with the judges and wore her cute yellow suit. She looked like Elle Woods/Legally Blond/Barbie going off to Washington. Because she wants to major in communications, they asked her about the role the media played in the Casey Anthony trial, they asked her about health care and even asked her about the debt crisis.

The top 8 participants were announced Saturday night immediately following the opening number and we were super excited to hear her number announced! Earlier in the day Cosmo, KJ & I had talked about our top 8 predictions and I think we had 5 of the top 8. She had some tough, tough competition and she told me Saturday morning her goal was to make top 8. Being the only girl from her high school she felt she needed to get top 8 to represent the school and the community properly. So, once again, Saturday night she had to do the ENTIRE fitness routine again, her talent again and the self-expression choreographed dance. And this time, instead of her self-expression routine, she had to answer an on-stage question. She was super super nervous. You could just see it in her face. They asked her something about being on the broadcast team at school and I can't even remember her response. At the end of the night, T walked away with scholarship money for making the top 8 and she also won scholarship money for winning in the fitness category.

Truly, she had a great time, learned alot about herself and her abilities/character and made some great friends. Today, she had all the girls over to the pool for a little get-together and even though they had been together every day for the past 2 weeks, they were still so excited to see each other and let loose in the pool for a bit.

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