Laney Edwards, says goodbye to her year as the 2013 Miss South Carolina Jr. Teen!

Laney Edwards, says goodbye to her year as the 2013 National American Miss South Carolina Jr. Teen Queen!

SC_Jr_Teen_and_Sister_Queens_at_Open_Call

SC_Jr_Teen_at_DisneyLand

SC_Jr_Teen_at_the_airport_on_the_way_to_Nationals

SC_Jr_Teen_CrownShot

SC_Jr_Teen_on_the_red_carpet_with_her_awards_at_Nationals

SC_Jr_Teen_ready_to_ride_in_the_SC_Poultry_Festival_Parade

SC_Jr_Teen_strikes_a_pose_with_Matt_at_Nationals

SC_Jr_Teen_Volunteering_with_HappyWheels

SC_Queens_Meet_the_GovernorDear NAMily,

I can’t believe that my reign as SC Junior Teen is already coming to an end; it seems like only yesterday that I heard my name announced as the winner! My year representing NAM has flown by in a whirlwind of traveling (across the country-literally!), volunteering, and making appearances and memories. Being a NAM queen has been a privilege and an honor that I will always cherish, and I am thankful to have had this amazing opportunity. I’m so excited to welcome all the new contestants and look forward (with a smile and tears) to crowning my successor!

A lot of girls have asked what advice I have for pageant weekend, so here goes: Make lists for everything, and check them off as you go. Come prepared; have all your paperwork ready to turn in. Do as many optionals as you possibly can (It’s so worth it!). Don’t be nervous. Smile at the judges and the audience. Speak clearly and use complete sentences during your interviews. Most importantly, HAVE FUN and BE YOURSELF! Be confident in the knowledge that you are unique and beautiful, made in the image of your Creator. And if you’re the girl who is fortunate enough to walk away with the crown— Count your blessings and enjoy every moment of your reign because, take it from me, it will be over sooner than you think. Good luck to everyone, and God Bless!

Pageant Hugs,

Laney Edwards, 2013 SC Jr. Teen