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Brenna Weick
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The Beginning of the End
This past weekend the Miss New Jersey Class of 2017 gathered for their orientation.  Saturday morning they teased their hair and glued on eyelashes, all while fighting the butterflies in their stomachs.  Maybe the butterflies were excitement to see their fr...

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Confidently Beautiful (& so much more)
       At last night’s Miss Universe pageant, Miss Canada secured a
spot in the “top 9,” which allowed her to compete in both swimsuit and
eveningwear.   She modeled a
hot pink bikini, smiling all the while. Photo:        The emcee enlightened b...

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Lessons Learned
       Tomorrow, we crown a new Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen.  This is significant and exciting to me for various reasons.  First and foremost, I'm elated to have the opportunity to form a relationship with a new "little sister!"  I've always taken th...

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Continuing Cara's Legacy
       Each time I drive to a charity event, appearance, sponsor visit, or local pageant, I think through the event and what I'll be expected to speak about while in attendance.  I go over my talking points, sometimes in silence, sometimes blasting pump-up ...

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What I Learned at Miss America
About one week ago, In a matter of a few minutes, my dream to become Miss America ended.  For upwards of ten years I worked toward that ultimate goal, and after a few on-air minutes plus two commercial breaks, fate revealed that my pageant career was over. ...

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What Makes a Jersey Girl
       During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Laurie Hernandez won a gold medal in the women's team all-around competition.  Before she performed her balance beam routine, she whispered to herself, "I got this."  Before she performed her floor routine, she w...

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"Even Miracles Take a Little Time"
           With my Miss America paperwork officially submitted, the
fact that I’m Miss New Jersey has finally begun to set in.   So many people have asked me “how did you
feel?” when I realized I had won. I had always day-dreamed about what it would
feel li...

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3 Years Down, 3 Weeks to Go...
Hey, y'all! I never used to say "y'all," but four years of school in the South has me a changed woman.  Additionally, three years of competing for Miss New Jersey has changed me in ways I can only begin to recognize. I thought, being that we have three week...

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It's been a little while, but I'm back on the blogging grind and excited to update you on my pageant journey!  For the past few months I have been focusing on completing one of the biggest accomplishments of my life- graduating from a four year university. ...

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"We Rise By Lifting Others"
       One week from today I leave for my senior year at High Point
University.   As each season comes to a
close, I find myself reminiscing on how my life has changed since the one
before.   Yes, summer is ending (admitting
it is the first step), but with ...
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