The Show Must Go On!

It’s no secret- quarantine is HARD. It really feels like we went from zero to one hundred and woke up one day locked inside. I am so lucky that throughout the entire experience, I still had the thing that keeps me sane.

I began coming to the dance studio to help teach some Zoom classes in the end of March, but it wasn’t until June that we were able to dance together again. And when that day came… wow was it different than the last time we saw each other!

I found myself spending pretty much everyday there, when I wasn’t dancing I was in the parking lot asking other students: “Have you been in close contact with anyone with the virus? Has there been any fevers in the household in the last 72 hours? Any muscle aches or chills? Any new respiratory symptoms? A change in sense of taste or smell? Did you take your temperature before you came?” I still have them memorized!

We had to stay 6 feet apart the entire time. This called for lots of changes to choreography in a very short amount of time to prepare for the recital we had in the end of the month.

Through it all, I have really found a new understanding and appreciation for my passion. Held outdoors, masks worn, and even with new choreography guidelines, this year’s recital was one for the books! It all worked out perfectly and ended up being a fun, low-stress family evening! I even tried my hand to choreography for the first time ever and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it! I put together a duo just for fun and ended up getting to perform it onstage, which is something I never thought I would get to do! Who knows, maybe it was the first of many!

Where it’s always Just For Fun!

New Hampshire’s very own Canobie Lake Park is opening Thursday and although the summer tradition might look a lot different this year, it’s still going to be the center of summer family memories!

Tuesday was the amusement park’s pre-opening day exclusive for friends and family as a practice run employees to test out their new social distancing protocol. I was so excited when I was invited to attend but I instantly knew it was the PERFECT opportunity for some safe sister fun!

Some of the Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen class of 2020 joined me as we explored the park ALL day, rode every single ride, shared many laughs, and made some great memories. We had such an awesome time together.

Not to get too cheesy, but really these girls inspire me to do all I can to be a good leader through the title of Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen. I am so lucky to have so many amazing girls to call my sisters and it is my mission to represent even a portion of our intelligence, strength, talent, and compassion! Our Canobie trip was a great day for all of us to stay connected after only seeing each other through the screen for so long and I can’t want for many more safe get togethers!

Thank you SO much to Canobie Lake Park for hosting us and giving us such a great day! We all had a blast. Don’t miss Canobie’s grand opening, they did a great job at maintaining CDC guidelines for a comfortable experience for everyone!

Join me at the JFK Coliseum

Almost every Saturday morning, you can find me in the parking lot of the JFK Coliseum in Manchester, working hard rain or shine!

As a representative of the New Hampshire Food Bank, I’ve partnered with the organization Food For Children to make sure that every local family has access to their right to adequate food, no matter what.

Our morning starts by unloading the donations, which come directly from grocery stores throughout the state, and then we begin sorting them. We organize and pretty much set up our own little grocery store! Anywhere from 150-400 families come through each week to pick up whatever it is they need.

This really is one of my favorite things to do because I have been able to build relationships with the people who my efforts are helping. As great as it is to raise thousands of dollars or collect tons of cans, there is nothing like the face to face interaction we experience here at the Food Drop. I always look forward to starting off my weekend catching up with the friends I have made over the past year of volunteering for them.

If you are looking for some service hours, an eye-opening experience right here in the Granite State, or just something fulfilling to do, this is it! We have such a blast and it is truly life changing to be able to work so closely with the beneficiaries of your service. I go whenever I can, and would absolutely love for you to join me! Every single Saturday, from 8:30-12:30 (ish) at the JFK Coliseum in Manchester, New Hampshire. Rain, shine, snow, sleet, we’ve seen it all! Hunger takes no vacation so holidays do not affect our schedule. No sign up ahead of time required! Hope to see you soon!

Pampered Chef for Feeding America

Ordering super cool kitchen tools AND helping food pantries across the country? How could you possibly refuse? I recently concluded an awesome fundraiser for Feeding America that I was so happy to be able to partner up with a Pampered Chef consultant to really make an impact on a local and national level.

Prior to the pandemic, 821 million people were estimated to be food insecure. This already alarming number has since sky-rocketed as families who have never struggled suddenly find themselves worrying about paying the bills and affording weekly groceries.

After two super short weeks, we were able to raise hundreds of dollars for food banks across the country that are now experiencing an unprecedented need while also still relying on the generosity of the community to stock their shelves.

This is a tough time for all of us, but I know that together we will not only get through the pandemic, but come out stronger! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the fundraiser, you made a real impact and got some great new kitchen tools at the same time!

Derry Community Connection

A few weeks ago, I got to spread some Hope to the Derry Community! I was so honored to join the Derry TV for an episode of Community Connection, which is all about keeping the community connected in the midst of a pandemic. (Hence the name!)

I talked about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Organization, #KindnessRocks, Seeds of Hope, my normal day to day quarantine life and so much more!

It will be aired soon, so you won’t want to miss it! Stay tuned and set your DVR!

603 Day!

Every year on June 3rd, us Granite Staters get permission to brag about how awesome New Hampshire is!

I obviously love my state but I know I am not the only one! New Hampshire has been deemed the best state to live in in the United States for the last three years! This is because of our remarkably low crime rate, unemployment rate, income tax, our economic status, and education systems.

I wonder what is not to love about New Hampshire? We set the tone for the primary with the honor of first in the nation, we are home to Aerosmith, Adam Sandler, and the Segway, and thats not to mention the undeniably breathtaking views that line the Granite State… from shoreline to mountain top.

There is no where I would rather call home. It is a dream come true to represent my home (and apparently the best in the nation) as Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen! Happy 603 Day!

Pandemic Parades

Typically, it would be about time for communities to line the streets and celebrate the summer season with parades. Although this year is bound to be a bit different, the beloved tradition has remained and even found a new meaning.

Just like so many others’, my job as Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen has been altered as we all begin to adjust to this new normal. I have been thrilled to find myself still traveling the state and building connections everywhere, even if it has been from a distance. Without a doubt, the large majority of this new job has been in parades. My mom’s car has become my glamorous float as I make contributions to the community hanging out her sunroof as we follow the line of vehicles rolling down the street.

From my own neighborhood to the beautiful North Country, I have witnessed the togetherness that really has nothing to do with the physical distance separating us, but the bond that we ALL share. I have celebrated birthdays, retirements, illness recoveries, the New Hampshire Make a Wish program, and so much more from my car and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Each parade is a reminder of the hope that will ALWAYS remain in this world. Where there is life, there is hope, and there has never been any greater celebration of life than a parade!

New Horizons Walk For Hunger 2020

Every year for as long as I can remember, I’ve always looked forward to gathering my team to Walk For Hunger at the New Horizons/Families in Transition 5k. That remained the same, even though the walk looked a lot different this year.

The pandemic can’t stop this spirit! The walk was moved virtual this year, but we still kicked it off with an empowering message on Facebook live for all 1,000+ walkers, and took our strides toward the end of food insecurity! This year, we hit record numbers. Over half of the country was represented in 80 teams!

My family and I walked the Windham rail trails for our 5k and the rest of team Povey Power did their part across the state. It was beautiful outside and I always love exploring New Hampshire’s beautiful state parks and conservation trails. I left some #KindnessRocks along the way, of course! We finished the day supporting one of my favorite local businesses, The Juice Bar!

Cars and Coffee for the NH Food Bank

I was happy to start my day bright and early last weekend for the Seacoast Cars and Coffee car show to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank! Since I’ve won my new title, appearances have been a lot different than I expected. It was so amazing to be back in the community and get to interact with people face to face, even if it was from six feet apart.

Almost a thousand cars of all different types and eras filled up the parking lot of the Mall At Fox Run before taking off on a joy ride from Newington to Hampton. Every driver made a contribution to the Food Bank, each one going a long way during this time of increased demand.

The event was a perfect refresher of the hope for what awaits after the pandemic and all-in-all a great success, raising nearly 5,000 pound of food for Granite Staters in need!

No Kid Hungry is Spec-TACO-lar!

For limited time only, my FAVORITE restaurant, TacoBell, has partnered with one of my FAVORITE organizations, No Kid Hungry! The TacoBell Foundation is donating 8 million dollars to non-profits across the country that serve our youth, along with 3 million dollars in scholarships to graduating high school students. Last month, the fast food chain donated one million dollars to No Kid Hungry and has so far raised over 4 million in this month’s fundraiser. It is not over yet, so if you don’t know what to eat for dinner tonight or just want to “Live Más”, here is your sign! Head to TacoBell and enjoy the best meal ever (I recommend the Number One), but don’t forget to Share Your Strength and donate to No Kid Hungry while you can! Taco-bout Awesome!