Williams Competes in National Pageant
It was an exciting summer for Maggie Williams, the 15-year-old daughter of Shannon and Travis Williams of Piggott. Currently, she's back to her usual routine of attending Piggott High School where she is an active member of the FFA, PACE, Beta, FBLA, FCA and FCM. She also participates on the tennis team.
But, recently it was the world of beauty and glamor for Maggie as she was named fourth alternate in the Miss Teen International Pageant in Charleston, W.Va. Additionally, she was chosen as most photogenic in the competition.
Maggie's first pageant was the Miss Teen Arkansas pageant held on April 9, of this year. When asked why she started competing in pageants, she indicated that it was not about pursuing pageantry as much as it was about her desire “to make a difference in the community. It was a great opportunity to volunteer.”
Those who know her well will quickly understand that her favorite part of participating in pageants is being able to get involved in her community and to make a difference.
She describes her experience at the Miss Teen International Pageant as fun and “one of the greatest experiences she could have asked for.” She also greatly enjoyed the opportunity to be able to meet and talk with people from around the world.
Maggie also explained that pageants have opened doors for her that she never could have imagined. Andm, while the International competition was a scholarship program, Maggie believes the benefits she has received from pageantry lie in the ability she has to help others, and to step out into her community and truly make a difference.
She points to the fact that she has noticed a great deal of personal growth since she began competing in pageants. Along with this, she indicated that she has learned so much about the world that she would not have otherwise known without competing.
The opportunity to compete has also helped her develop even better people skills, as well as travel and see new places and meet new people. Along the way she notes she has learned a great deal, and is very thankful for the opportunities that have been presented to her. “It's unbelievable, it's crazy how much I've learned,” she added.
Her journey in pageantry thus far has also helped her gain a clearer vision of where she sees herself in the future. And, although Willims notes she is torn between pursuing business or occupational therapy, but confidently knows whatever she does, her goal is to make a difference doing it.
As part of her pageant competition, Maggie has organized and participated in a fundraiser, a 5K, for the American Heart Association, in order to raise both money for and awareness about heart disease. She observes that she lost loved ones to heart attacks, strokes, and other heart-related diseases as she grew up. So, her goal quickly became clear to her.
As part of the effort Williams noted she did not want to solely raise money in order to help others attain the help they needed, he also wanted to educate other people about heart disease.
With this in mind, Maggie worked hard to raise awareness and funds for heart disease and heart health. “I felt really, really blessed with the outcome. I was so thrilled. We overcame our goal, and that's the greatest outcome I could have asked for,” she concluded
The Arkansas Pageants are now accepting applications for the 2018 contestant delegates. Those wanting additional information may visit them online at arkansaspageants.com