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Miss Garden Grove- DUI Prevention and Awareness

MissGG2Every 90 seconds someone is injured from driving under the influence. Every 53 minutes, someone is killed. Yes, that is over 350,000 injuries and nearly 10,000 deaths each year due to driving under the influence.

Being Miss Garden Grove 2017 has allowed me to open up the conversation with community members, elected officials, and constituents about my personal platform- Prevention and Awareness of Driving Under the Influence. Six years ago my family suffered a loss that spurred me to become an advocate for DUI prevention. My cousin was under the influence of alcohol when he decided to ride a friend’s motorcycle with no helmet on. He crashed and was immediately pronounced brain dead. A huge mistake that cost him his life and left our family with a void that will never be replaced. One of the most powerful things I can do is to share my family’s story and educate the community about this prevalent issue.

This year, I have partnered with the Garden Grove Police Department in an effort to educate people about the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence. I attended a DUI Checkpoint, hosted by GGPD, and learned one very important thing. The purpose of a checkpoint isn’t just to catch intoxicated drivers, but to educate drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, prescription medication, and marijuana. In an effort to reduce the number of fatalities in the community, the City and GGPD released a Fatality Campaign. You can click the link to see the PSA, and you just might see someone familiar.

MissGG1Throughout the remainder of my year, I will speak to a variety of classrooms in the Garden Grove Unified School District, non-profit organizations, and college campus Greek Life programs about my platform while continuing to raise funds for MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). Stay tuned within the next couple of months as I release a series of PSAs sharing my experience with spreading the message of my platform! It is with sincere hopes that this conversation will continue to help educate and save lives from driving under the influence.

-Missy Garden Grove

Miss Garden Grove’s Disney Dreams

“All of your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.”- Walt Disney

10979431_812936712094391_1384376344_nHello everyone! My name is Shannon Galipault and I was blessed to be crowned Miss Garden Grove 2015 in October! I would love to talk to you all about my favorite place in the entire world, which most people know as the “happiest place”, DISNEYLAND!! This quote above is one that I truly do believe in and has encouraged me to do many things in my life, such as get a job at Disneyland and compete in pageants.

I have to admit that I am quite the Disney nerd and could tell you way too much about the park, its history, and its amazing creator Walt himself. In order to save time, I will give you just a brief historical overview of Disneyland, and also let you in on why it has changed my life. Did you know that Disneyland is the only Disney park that Walt actually stepped foot in? Personally, I think Disneyland is the coolest park just for that reason alone. He put every ounce of his soul into creating a place where everyone would feel at home. “To all who come to this happy place; welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past… and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”- Walt Disney

This speech is pure genius to me. Disneyland is not just some amusement park, it is a place for people to forget about the outside world and enjoy life through the eyes of a child. But this happy, growing, and quickly expanding company did not start out as such. On opening day, July 17th, 1955, everything that could go wrong did. Women’s heels were sinking into the still drying concrete, food and beverages sold out in hours, there were no drinking fountains, rides broke down, people snuck in illegally, and there was a gas leak in Fantasyland. Walt didn’t let that stop him, and in a matter of weeks, over a million guests had already walked through the Magic Kingdom’s gates.

I think Walt has an incredibly inspiring story, coming from such a small and humble lifestyle, to creating a place people dream of going to. His quote at the top echoes so much of what he had to go through and how I believe I should live my life. Ever since I started competing in the Miss America program as a sophomore in high school, I dreamed of being a Miss titleholder and winning Miss America. Being a teen, I never thought I would be capable or have the opportunity to do so. This quote reminded me that if I had the courage to go out on a limb, wear a swimsuit, partake in a 10-minute interview where I had no clue what would be asked, then I could achieve my wildest dreams. Competing for Miss Garden Grove and putting my soul and heart into it was going out on a limb, but look where I am now! I am competing for Miss California in June with the chance of winning and competing in Atlantic City for Miss America.

My job at Disneyland lets me create magic every day for people all across the globe. It has taught me many different things, but the most important one is that giving up is never an option. I am proud of my involvement in the Miss America Organization and will continue to give it my all until I reach my dreams. I encourage you to do the same.

XOXO,

Shannon Galipault

Miss Garden Grove 2015