Tonight is the first night of prelims! We are excited and nervous!
Well wishes for Megan are pouring in from all over the state, not just from family and friends, but from those whose lives have been touched by one young woman who is representing our state of Illinois here at Miss America.
Megan has become “our” Miss Illinois to those she meets.
We have heard from many people who are having family feuds over watching football vs. Miss America on Saturday. This has led to the compromise of using the DVR, giving up the halftime show and even purchasing a TV in some instances. Some people are hosting Miss America parties to cheer her on.
Why is Megan so important to people in Illinois?
Because she represents the American dream of being all that you can be. If a girl from the small town of Rushville can accomplish her dream of making it to the Miss America stage, then certainly there is hope of other dreams coming true for those who work hard, believe in themselves and know that with the love and support of family and friends, anything is possible.
Regardless of what happens the next three days, Megan will always be the No. 1 contender in our hearts.
Now it’s time for her to go rock that Miss America stage!
- Mallory Ervin