Last Thursday (May 22nd), Anna and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Dallas Veterans Hospital. Several titleholders participated in the Pre-Memorial Day Show, produced by Bruce Wallace, which is in it’s 16th year. It was incredible to be able to entertain and speak with all of the veterans and it genuinely made us remember what Memorial Day is all about–supporting our troops who have so graciously given themselves for our freedom. A HUGE thank you goes out to Bruce for giving us this opportunity. We hope all of you had a safe and fun Memorial Day! ~Brooks Dennard
Teen Frisco, Lea Ciskowski, Miss Frisco, Brooks Dennard and Dominic Locascio (MPFO director) meet with others to have lunch with Former Miss Texas Sunni Crannfil, Mary Anna Dennard, Beaux Wellborn, and David White.
I had the chance to help volunteer as a docent at the More Life AIDS Benefit. It was a wonderful event–very classy and elegant–and I especially enjoyed getting to see all my pageant sisters. I can’t wait for July! ~Brooksie
On May 12, 2008, Brooks emceed the Dallas CAPPIE Awards, a Tony Award styled event.The CAPPIES is a national organization based in WashingtonD.C. that celebrates excellence in high school performing arts.The Dallas Chapter had its Awards Gala on May 12th.The winners were from nine area high schools.(Photos were taken by Nancy Marston)
The MPFO bunch decided to have a party to celebrate the birthdays of all our titleholders. It is so hard to recognize the birthdays during the year, so we thought we would have a party. It also gave them a chance to have some fun with some of their Lone Star Princesses. The title holders teamed up with a Princess and played a matching game, then each of them, titleholders and princesses played an updated verison of pin the crown on teen heart throb "Troy" from High School Musical.
I have a background of athletics, which includes just about every sport imaginable. My mother wanted to support me in whatever I wanted to do; the problem was that I wanted to do everything! Since then, I have narrowed it down to one sport: tennis. Tennis first appealed to me because 1) I could get a tan while playing, 2) my brother played tennis, 3) tennis boys are cute, 4) I was actually pretty good at it, and 5) I did not get sick of it. I had always been mediocre at the other sports because I had never committed myself fully to them. It was cool to finally have a natural ability for something athletic.
I have been playing for about two years now and I play on my school’s varsity team. I am the #2 singles player and I even got to go to the district tournament this year. Unfortunately, I lost in the quarterfinals but I played well and lost a good match. My team had our tennis banquet last night and I was named the "Most Improved Player". My coach even nicknamed me "bulldog" because of my tenacity on the court. I owe this to Mental Management. This year, by working with Heather Sumlin and Lanny Bassham, I have grown so much and I have learned how to apply what I learned in the mental seminars for pageants towards my tennis game. I did not get angry or upset when I missed a shot, I simply moved on to the next point. My coaches even noticed and asked me how I had changed my attitude and stayed even calmer this year. This is solely due to Mental Management and my new mindset towards things. I went from being #5 singles to #2 singles and I truly thank them for it!
In December, I was nominated for and voted in to the position as Assistant Membership Chairman for Kappa. In normal language, that means that I am now a member of the Rush Team and I could NOT be more excited! I am such a people person and am so passionate about Kappa that this really is my dream position, and I couldn’t be happier to give back to an organization that has given me so much. As Assistant Membership Chair, I am in charge of getting to know as many incoming Freshman as possible (and there are usually over 1,000 that go through rush!) as well as organizing all summer activities, work week, and actual rush week. It is a huge responsibility, but we have an incredible team of girls this year–all of which happen to be my best friends!–and I know we will get the best pledge class possible! Here is a picture of all five of us at Mom’s Weekend. From left to right is: Me, Alicia Kuhn (Assistant Reference Chair), Meredith Muecke (Membership Chair), Lauren Pearce (Reference Chair), and Brooke Simmons (also Assistant Membership Chair). Go Kappa!
A few weeks ago, Kappa Kappa Gamma hosted their annual Mom’s Weekend. My mom, Moo, drove the three hours to come visit me and we had a fun filled weekend of laughing, eating, catching up, and shopping (of course!). She didn’t get to come last year, so it was especially fun to have her in Austin to take part in all the festivities. I can’t wait for it again next year!