Below is a special message from Miss Plano, Kelsey Suggs. She will be handing her crown off to a new girl on December 5th and then shortly after that will be placing her graduation cap on her head and taking that memorable walk across the stage at Texas A&M. I asked her to write up something about her experience from this year and feelings of the upcoming graduation with her plans. All I can say is WOW! As part of the MPFO group, I have had 2 different opportunities to work with Kelsey, once when she was a Teen and now as a Miss, she has grown into an incredible young lady. We would love for her to obtain a new position with a company here in the area, so if you have any opportunities for her please contact us and we will forward info to her, Cheryl@mpfo.com
In December 2008, I learned that I would be the new Miss Plano 2009. From there, my life changed dramatically. Not only did the Plano-Frisco Organization help me to prepare for the competition several months ahead of me, they helped me transition from the life of a student to one of a professional.
Upon receiving the title of Miss Plano, I gained the opportunity to go through a Mental Management course as well as receive one-on-one training with Heather Sumlin, who provided not only insight into the pageant world, but also thought provoking questions that challenged the way I thought. Not only did it challenge me, but it also changed me. I have learned to stop trying to compare myself to others, to focus on the prowess of my own capabilities, to acknowledge when I don’t do my best, but focus my energy on how to fix it, and to concentrate and praise myself on my strengths.
At the same time, I was also attending various networking and Chamber of Commerce events within the metropolitan area. I had the opportunity to speak on several of these occasions as Miss Plano in order to promote my philanthropy and fundraise for competition necessities, thereby gaining public speaking experience and building connections with local businesses.
In addition to serving as Miss Plano, I have been in college at
My earlier marketing experiences with Sterling Barnett Little, Inc and a local real estate franchise, Aspen Heights, together with my internship with Mental Management and my current position as an intern with the Downtown Arts and Culture Association in conjunction with Art979, have given me exposure to a wide range of problems and successes in large and small companies from the perspective of both a student and a an employee. In addition, I have gained management experience through performance of significant administrative duties in each of the companies.
I am excited about stepping into a position in which I will be able to utilize my marketing, communication and business administrative skills, and at the same time experience new challenges and opportunities. I would like to be associated with an established, growing company, privately or publicly held, which is in need of an entry-level to take responsibility for its public relations, sales, advertising or other general marketing activities. Although I do not have a preference as to industry, I do prefer a company based in the metro Dallas-Fort Worth area, where I spent most of my time as Miss Plano.
Pageantry consists of networking in the community in which you represent, building relationships with mentors, Lone Star Princesses, and businesses, and preparation of the mind and body. I have learned just how powerful of a tool the mind is and how it is a key component to success. I know that come December, I will be as prepared as I can be for the awaiting “real world”, both physically and mentally, and I owe that in part to my pageant experiences.
Miss Plano 2009