Lauren Herring | Miss Clovis

Miss-Clovis-Lauren-HerringHi, I'm Lauren Herring, Miss Clovis 2018! Since 1924 the Miss California Organization has been pumping out scholarship queens and childhood dreams. Since 2017 I've been lucky enough to benefit from this organization. Going into the program I only had a small idea of what I was getting myself into. No one can really explain the look in a small child's eyes when they see a girl with big hair and a sparkly crown on their head, and no one can really explain how it will make you feel.

The four points of the crown are service, scholarship, style, and success. If I had to add a fifth S, it would be strength, because boy oh boy do you have to be strong for this job. You don't realize the extent of your importance until you're expected to show up and just be yourself. That's the most admirable thing about this Organization, you get a sash and a crown and a nation-wide platform, just for being yourself. Not only that, but you get to be yourself and be an advocate for whatever you want.

Another unexplainable perk you won't understand until post-crowning is how much you can impact the people you meet. I learned from Uncle Ben (Spider-Man reference) that with great power comes great responsibility. The second you put on that crown, you become the most convincing person in the room. As Miss Clovis I wanted my platform to be all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.) STEM education and careers are important because these are the careers that dictate the way our world works. My platform also focuses on encouraging girls and young women to pursue STEM to create a greater female presence within the STEM industry.

Women are important and what they can't explain to you before become a title holder is that it's the kids that make you feel most important. Beyond my personal platform is the MAO official platform, the Children's Miracle Network. If you ever lose hope in humanity just know there's 80 + queens with 80 + people behind them working to make sure every child has proper medical treatment.

What they can explain to you, is that these moments are special, so take lots of pictures. They can tell you that you're going to make a lot of friends and these friends will stay with you throughout your lifetime. They can tell you that the year is short, and while I've only been Miss Clovis a few short months, they've been the quickest few months of my life.

I can tell you that this is so much more than what I expected, but so much more in the best possible way.

The Key to Living a Peaceful Life: Organization

258x10 PrintI'm Taylor Coloka, Miss Clovis 2015. Being a pageant titleholder in the Miss America Organization means so much more than simply wearing a crown. Titleholders have very busy schedules including going to school, work, eating healthy, exercising, volunteering and, of course, preparing for Miss California. For me personally, I learned time management and staying organized early. I became a professional NFL cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers and began my first semester of college in the same year, in addition to teaching dance classes and starting my own freelance photography business. Organization is the only way to be successful in every activity I participate in. Us pageant girls are not the ONLY busy bees, so I have some tips to make YOUR life more peaceful and organized!

1. Planner
The easiest way to keep track of every activity is to use a planner. It ensures you will never forget an important date and holds you accountable to complete tasks. Write everything down! Even if you have a busy schedule, keeping a planner will take the stress off. Planners will help you accomplish goals by forcing you to make the most of your time and allowing you to visually see where you have available time to gets things done. A way to clearly categorize all tasks is by color-coding. I have a different color for each category and underline the task accordingly. Here is a sample week of my planner


2. Weekly Schedule for Workouts and Meals
We’ve all heard (and maybe used) the excuse “I don't have time to workout”. The key to having a consistent exercise routine is MAKING time, rather than FINDING time. If you create a schedule for the week and plan your workouts, you are more likely to stick with it and reach your goals. To ensure you also maintain a healthy diet, I encourage planning and preparing your meals ahead of time. Choose foods that you enjoy that also nourish your body. If you have healthy food prepared, you can never be in a rush and be forced to grab fast food. You will always have your food ready when you are! Here is a sample exercise and meal tracker for a week:
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3. Make Lists
It is important to write down of all the tasks needing to be completed. I prefer to make daily to-do lists, but you can make weekly as well if that works for you! I separate my to-do list into categories. In the sample, I included work, school, home and Miss California preparation. Create categories that apply to your life and prioritize each list starting with the most important to the least important.
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Taylor Coloka,
Miss Clovis 2015

Miss Clovis- Voicing Childrens’ Needs

IMG_6427Hello! My name is Taylor Coloka and I am Miss Clovis 2015! Along with the helpful scholarship opportunities the Miss America Organization offers, the main reason I chose to run for Miss Clovis 2015 was to speak to the community on behalf of my platform and give children the gift of literacy. I appreciate being able to use my title to voice children’s needs. I believe that education is the key to a peaceful and powerful nation. The Miss America Organization is parallel with what I believe, as its purpose is to support women’s academic endeavors. I am studying to become an elementary school teacher and, eventually, a principal or superintendent of a school district. I believe I have an ability to connect with children and help them achieve their goals. In the near future, I plan to write and publish my own children’s book that kids can relate to and find themselves in.

IMG_6421I remember being read to as a young child at home and in school. I couldn't wait until I was able to read books like my mom and my teacher could! Some children have no one to read them stories. Their imagination is not sparked like mine was. However, we can change that! This is why I dedicate myself to reading to children often as well as getting them books to discover for themselves. During the previous holiday season, I helped start the library at the Autism Center at Fresno State University for children 18 months to 6 years of age. I currently am scheduled to read to fifteen classrooms in the next month. In addition, I am in the process of planning a Children’s Book Festival, where children will be able to listen to stories, meet many award-winning authors and learn that reading is fun! All of the proceeds from this event will go towards the Marjaree Mason Center, which provides emergency and longer-term Safe Housing, along with a wide variety of support services for victims of domestic violence in Fresno County. Books can be a positive escape for children, as well as a great way to reconnect with loved ones.

IMG_6622 I work with the nonprofit, First Book, to distribute books and educational resources to programs and schools in my community. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis. I do many classroom read-alouds to emphasize the importance of reading for children. Increasing the number of books available to students through book borrowing, reading with others, and voluntary reading creates a positive change and an overall improvement in basic literary skills. Many people take the opportunity to have an education for granted. It is our job, as literates, to create that opportunity for children who may not be as fortunate. We must pass along what we have been able to learn and ensure that children receive the books they need to have successful futures.