Hello everyone! My name is Molly Crawford, and I am more than grateful to have won the title of Miss Northern California Regional, and the very last spot in the Miss California Class of 2015 this past March. As a former teen and miss titleholder, I am no stranger to the wonderful ways of the Miss California and the Miss America Organizations. I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to return to the Miss California stage once more, and continue this amazing journey of growth and vicissitude.
There are few moments in life where whatever worlds and collectives one may belong to coincide in perfect golden chaos and excitement. I was fortunate enough to have spent this past weekend not only fulfilling all four points of the crown, Success, Service, Style and Scholarship, but creating an honorary fifth point that is probably the most important to most of the women who are involved in this organization, Sisterhood.
This past Friday morning, I was fortunate enough to relish in my recent successes as a Dance Teacher and Choreographer at Studio 10 Dance by watching my first ever competition soloists compete at “Jump!” at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Both my soloists took my vision to life on stage, Chloe earning a “High Silver” placement for her lyrical piece “Heaven is a Place on Earth”, and Jazmine taking home a “Gold” placement, for her lyrical jazz piece “Something in the Water”. I am beyond passionate about my job, and I cannot wait to return to the studio this week to work on my own solo for my Miss California talent presentation!
Following the early morning dance competition, I was able to jet over to Children’s Hospital Oakland, where I spent some time in the school room, getting to be a student alongside a few of the darling patients in their weekly Friday morning dance class, in honor of the inaugural Miss America Serves Day! It was such a perfect and fulfilling hour of fun, stretching and grooving alongside one of my Miss California sisters, Miss San Francisco Felicia Stiles. On our way out of the building, we were stopped by the most charming little girl, Amira, whom had just finished her chemo when we started spending time with her. She has the sweetest little soul, which you can tell by the hugs filled with unconditional love she so willingly gave out. Thank you to Children’s Miracle Network and the MAO for facilitating such a wonderful opportunity for me and titleholders around the country.
Fast forward six hours later on that same Friday, the time to celebrate and witness my first ever “Miss”, Sara Risvold marry the love of her life, Mr. Jordan Parsons, had finally come! As an only child who was in major need of guidance and support from a female role model, I was blessed to have Sara walk into my life and take on that role, bringing Jordan along with her, giving so much real quality to the idea of sisterhood that the women in the MAO pride themselves in. From the rehearsal dinner shenanigans, all the way through to the moment they said I do the next afternoon, there was so much love and happiness in the air. I was honored to be a bridesmaid, next to Sara’s delightful family members, and another former titleholder, Marissa McVey! Fun facts: Sara and I were the first ever Miss Silicon Valley titleholders, and I currently hold the last title Sara held with this organization! The gown I was wearing was from Miss California's Outstanding Teen sponsor Move Over Princess and will also serve as one of my walk on gowns at the state competition this June! Wedding Photos Credit to Debbie Gardner Photography!
On our way home from one of the most beautiful weddings ever, my family and I decided to take a last minute detour into one of California’s gems, Yosemite National Park. I got active and decided to climb over a boulder in the middle of Mirror Lake after I took some pretty photos of the views, and some candids of my grandparents and my mom who instilled the spirit of Yosemite in me at a young age. While in the park, I was contacted by my Intercultural Communications professor with news that I have aced my first assignment for this quarter! There’s nothing more satisfying than realizing your hard work is paying off in the middle of a spiritual massage like the experience that is Yosemite. I am more than grateful to be utilizing the $1000 scholarship I earned with the title of Miss Northern California Regional!
In other words, I am #BlessedWithTheBest after having made so many wonderful memories with my worlds colliding in impeccable harmony. This is just a little glimpse of how amazing it is to be Miss Northern California Regional. I am one tired, but immensely happy and fulfilled lady!
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