WE ARE IN THE HOMESTRETCH!!

I cannot believe we are less than a month away from finding out who will be crowned the 80th Miss North Carolina! As excited as I am to watch my sisters take the stage and blow us all away with their striking personalities, intelligent minds, talented hearts, and beautiful souls, I am heart broken that my year is coming to an end. My last few months as MissNC have been nothing shy of amazing, and I couldn’t ask for more. 

Since the 100 day mark, I have been busy, busy! Keeping this short and sweet is almost impossible… We’ve had Miss America Serves Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. I have taught 8 Master Classes with McKenzie, visited 7 schools, 1 college, 1 youth group, and 1 church congregation, which gave me 19 different opportunities to talk about The SAFE Project! We had our Miss NC Work Weekend. I attended the Azalea Festival, the Strawberry Festival, and the White Lake Water Festival (where Cat and I rode in our last parade of the year). I have received Keys to the Cities of Chadbourn and Concord, as well as Mitchell County. I met the sweetest kids at our CMNH hospital in Greenville. I visited a Veteran’s hospital and nursing home, and fished with Veterans. I played with kids at the Cabarrus County Boys and Girls Club. Biltmore Bride included me in their local news segment in Asheville and an all day Live Well Expo. I modeled in a Fashion Show in Raleigh. I have recorded commercials for the CMNH telethon in Greenville, advertisement for the Cherokee reservation, and a few for Dunn-Benson Ford. I’ve visited Cousin Couture. I’ve had photo shoots at Mad Hatter in Fuquay Varina and Younique Beauty with Cat. I went to Princess Days at both the Charlotte Checkers Hockey game and the Charlotte Knights Baseball game where I threw the first pitch. I volunteered at Dancing With the Stars in Charlotte for Carolina Breast Friends. I walked with the Sheriff of Mecklenburg County in a 5k Uptown Charlotte, a Girls On the Run 5k in Statesville, and a Relay for Life in Troutman. I attended a dinner for NC Agriculture in Raleigh. I was invited to the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as a special guest.

Throughout these days, I have been extremely fortunate to have met so many celebrities as famous people: My Miss America sisters – Kira Kazantsev, Savvy Shields, Lauren Wilson (Miss Utah), 5 Medal of Honor Recipients, the 82nd Airborne Division and hundreds of soldiers from Fort Bragg, Army Chief Warrant Officer Paul Williams Jr., Cole Swindell, Duran-Duran, Jordan Wieber, Emily Loftis, Paris Berelc, DeAngelo Williams, Nash Grier, Channing Tatum, Jeff Gordon, Dale Jr., Kevin Harvick, Representative Richard Hudson, Lee Greenwood, Mayor Scott Padgett of Concord, Mayor Miles Atkins of Mooresville, Mayor Costi Kutteh of Statesville, Mayor Phillip Britt of Chadbourn, Mayor Bill Saffo of Wilmington, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland, and every single NASCAR driver at the 600.

There are so many things to be thankful for, not only from the past 100 days, but by entire year. I have been constantly scrolling through my camera roll and I am reminded of so many wonderful opportunities I have been blessed with. The places I’ve been. The people I’ve met. The memories I’ve made. It leaves me speechless and in awe of God’s handiwork. He has been particularly crafty in how He has made me wait, helped me gain patience, and given me a clearer perspective on life itself. Who I am, what I want, and where I want to go from here have been so well understood throughout this year.

A few days ago, I began posting my #MNCthrowback pictures that will be leading up to the finals on June 24th, so you can keep up with those posts on my Instagram and Facebook page! I have also challenged the Class of 2017 with many different hashtags and stories to share with you all. This group of girls is absolutely exceptional!! I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again… I feel deeply confident in knowing that whomever I may pass this prestigious title onto next will surely take great care of handling the job!! Make sure you are voting for your favorite contestants once a day, every day to secure her a spot in the Top 11! I’m looking forward to the Anniversary Show because I know how well the production staff and state committee does each year. Stay tuned for more to come. My time is not yet finished, so I cannot say goodbye just yet. Until then, I wish you all the best! Good luck to my Miss and Outstanding Teen sisters. I will be seeing you all very soon! 

XOXO,

McKenzie Jade

“The 79th Queen of the Tarheel State”