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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

Book Miss California Bree Morse

To Whom It May Concern,

Bree Morse Photo Courtesy of Derek Van Oss

Bree Morse
Photo Courtesy of Derek Van Oss

Miss California has been a prominent symbol of our state’s pop-culture for more than 90 years, and is a representation of contemporary, scholastically-driven, well-informed young women everywhere. She is a national spokesperson and advocate who travels the country addressing diverse audiences, increasing awareness and promoting her chosen platform as well as the Children’s Miracle Network. She is an active part of the California community, with an aptitude to engage with various organizations and causes. Her interests afford her the opportunity to attend, host, and present at events throughout the state.

Booking Miss California for your event

Booking Miss California puts a spotlight on your event, gaining media exposure and public relations benefits for your organization as well as an affiliation with an iconic American brand which is rich in history and social significance. The Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence.

The Miss California Organization makes every effort to accommodate your request. Appearances are determined by Miss California’s schedule, appearance fees and the nature of the event.

This year’s Miss California

The 91st Miss California is Bree Morse, a 23-year-old Orange County, California native. Morse is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with her bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, and has developed experience in business communications, public relations, and social media management. In the months since her crowning in June of 2015, she has embarked on a number of appearances representing both the Miss California Organization, and the respective appearance organizations with graceful professionalism. In September she competed for the title of Miss America, and although she did not come home with the crown, was a beautiful representative of our state.

Throughout the duration of her year she will continue to be an advocate for her platform, “Alopecia Areata Advocacy,” Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and an ambassador for a number of the organization’s sponsors. As a result of her own experience with alopecia areata, she speaks on behalf of those living with silent diseases, and others struggling to accept their physical differences. Morse is a certified substitute teacher in Southern California and sees the immense value of Miss California’s scholastic emphasis. With the scholarship she has earned, she will return to school after her year of service to obtain a single-subject credential in English. Learn more about Bree at MissCalifornia.org/BreeMorse.

If you are interested in booking Miss California for an event, please fill out our form on MissCalifornia.org/booking, or contact Chelle Hyde, Business/Tour Manager at hydeho2@aol.com, for more details.

Sincerely,

The Miss California Organization

Official State Final for Miss America

info@misscalifornia.org

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Determined to Overcome

Josie-Pearce-Miss-Garden-Groves-Outstanding-TeenFacing social pressures, body changes, and the battle between childhood and adulthood, teenagers begin to explore their identity. Along the way, these struggles build character and shape the person they will become. When a life-changing event occurs during these crucial years, the everyday conflicts teenagers face are compounded. External conflicts, such as chronic illnesses or family issues, cause teens to have a harder time making it through their toughest years. Even though the experiences are taxing, it is during this time teenagers learn how strong they have become.

Three years ago I felt fatigued and only wanted to sleep, no longer wanting to dance or hangout with friends. My parents took me to several doctors, yet we were never given a diagnosis. Eventually, I tested positive for autoimmune antibodies and was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. With Lupus, I experience chronic fatigue, hair loss, skin rashes, nausea, and I take medication every day to prevent the disease from getting worse. In addition to concerns about school and friends, I also worry about doctor’s appointments and blood tests.

Realizing my life has changed, I’ve made conscious decisions to benefit my health  and live a stable life. I currently eat a healthier diet, take naps to battle my chronic fatigue, and work hard to monitor my stress levels. I visit my rheumatologist every two months, and I no longer have ten doctors because my condition is now manageable. Even though Lupus is incurable and unpredictable, I’ve become a much stronger young woman. I have had to overcome fatigue to teach dance classes and battle nausea to attend school. Knowing the disease won’t go away, I’ve learned to optimize my life with it. By working with doctors at Children’s Hospital Orange County and Miller Children’s Hospital, I have overcome an obstacle I never expected.

Josie-Pearce-Miss-Garden-Groves-Outstanding-Teen-2As a teenager suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, the Lupus Foundation of America is an organization that is really close to my heart. Being diagnosed with a life-threatening autoimmune disease at age 15 showed me how strong I was and helped me see how other people face struggles, too. Through the help of the Lupus Foundation of America, I found a support group with other teenage girls, just like me. The organization taught me to embrace my struggle, and it empowered me to reach out to others with the disease.

In August of 2014, I began preparing for the Walk to End Lupus Now Los Angeles by sending out emails to my family and friends about the walk. To share how the donations would help find a cure for this life-threatening disease, I promoted the walk on social media. Many of my family and friends made donations for my team. By the September walk date, my team, “Josie Power,” collectively raised over $400 dollars for the foundation, and was able to spread the word about Lupus. To continue my support for the foundation, I have begun a new project to raise money for my team at an upcoming San Diego walk. Spreading awareness throughout my community, the fundraiser will raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America. Volunteering with the organization has allowed me to relate to many patients and give them hope for the future. The money raised goes to help doctors find a cure, assist patients with their struggles, and bring together support groups. The Lupus Foundation of America has made a significant impact of my life, and it is my responsibility to give back to a community that has helped me so much.

Josie-Pearce-Miss-Garden-Groves-Outstanding-Teen-3As Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen, I’ve been given the opportunity to serve communities and represent young woman in our society. Identifying with issues many teens face every day, I can encourage others through my testimony of perseverance and strength. Oftentimes, teens are underestimated, yet they hold the potential to overcome unforeseen challenges and rise above their personal expectations. My involvement in the Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Organization provides me the platform to reach out to others without reservation. In sharing my story, I hope to inspire young woman who face daily struggles and make it clear that anything can be overcome with determination.

Come support the Walk to End Lupus Now San Diego on May 16!

Josie Pearce

Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen 2015

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

Show Some Love on Valentine’s Day

Bree (at right) with her mom and sister

Bree (at right) with her mom and sister

Before I get into the real reason for this blog, I just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks for stopping by our page! My name is Bree Morse and in January I was fortunate enough to be crowned Miss Orange Coast 2015. I’m excited for the year that lies ahead of me and to have the opportunity to share my experiences with you (you can follow me on Instagram at @missorangecoast)!

Valentine’s Day is soon approaching, and whether or not you have that “special someone,” there is probably a part of you screaming “Great. What do I do now?” Most likely, there’s also part of you hoping that an admirer will send you a special delivery of a 5lb box of See’s Candy. At least I’m guilty of both of these thoughts. In all actuality, Valentine’s Day was not always associated with secret admirers, flying babies with a bow and arrow, and excessive amounts of confectionery hearts. Originally a religious holiday, it wasn’t until the 1300’s that the holiday became associated with romance. In the 1840’s, along came mass produced Valentine’s Day cards that would soon establish February 14th as a prominent consumer holiday. I can’t imagine that they had the One Direction valentines at that time, but the tradition of letting someone know that you care about them has carried on ever since.

Don't forget your favorite Valentine-themed clothes!

Don’t forget your favorite Valentine-themed clothes!

For as long as I can remember, Valentine’s Day has been one of my favorite holidays of the year. Every February 14th my sister and I would wake up even earlier just to have our mom French braid a heart into the back of our heads as we wrote out valentines to our classmates (One year I had Lisa Frank cards with matching pencils. At that point I thought for sure my life was made). After leaving the house with the perfect hair-do, it was off to school to pass out your notes of admiration then to see what you received in return. There was nothing better than the feeling of untying the yarn holding closed your craft-time mailbox to see kindness and compassion of your peers spill out onto your desk (the candy and pencils weren’t bad, either).

To this day, I cannot overstate the importance of making the holiday special for those you care about. My mom doesn’t French braid my hair in the mornings, but on that day I still find every single heart-adorned accessory and clothing item that I own to show my love for Valentine’s Day. So this year, regardless if you’ll be going to a fancy dinner with your Valentine or if your special someone is your cat (let’s face it, my cat Stanley is quite a catch), challenge yourself to go out of your way to let someone know that you care about them. It’s a kind gesture as simple as telling someone they look nice, that they made you smile the other day, or even giving them that prized Lisa Frank pencil. Although the 5 lb box of candy will definitely not be turned down, it’s the essence of Valentine’s Day that makes it so special – to love, and be loved. Who could pass that opportunity up?!

All my best,
Bree Morse
Miss Orange Coast