Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
College: Hawaii Pacific University
What is your favorite food: Chick-fil-a Chicken Nuggets with Barbecue Sauce… Which they don’t currently have in Hawaii, but I’m still hoping. 😉
What is your favorite TV show: Dance Moms: Dance + Drama = Entertaining!!
What is your favorite movie: Oh my goodness, I don’t even know where to begin! I have such a unique taste in movies. While, I love old classics such as Meet Me in St. Louis and An Affair to Remember, I’d have to say my favorite movie is Mean Girls. Want to know what high school is like and how to survive the drama? This is movie is seriously Survival 101!
What is your favorite quote: Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love – Mother Teresa
What is your favorite time of year: CHRISTMAS!!
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Procrastinate
Paper OR plastic? Um, Paper…
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Oh honey, Glass half-full
Introvert OR extrovert? Most definitely an extrovert. I honestly go crazy when I’m not around people. I either start winning fake arguments with myself or I put on every sappy chick-flick known to man and have a cry fest! Not pretty. I’m most definitely the type of person who feeds off of other people’s energy.
Cats OR Dogs? Dogs.
Morning person OR night person? Most definitely a night person. Getting me up in the morning is like waking up a sleeping giant.
What is your most embarrassing moment? One day after school, I was walking a little bit in front of my friend to walk to my car. As I turned around to say goodbye, I flipped (not tripped), but FLIPPED over a bench. To make matters worse, my backpack was so heavy that I couldn’t get up off the ground so I just laid there laughing my head off with my best friend.
If you could be any color crayon, what would you be and why? Sizzling Sunrise because Hawaii sunrises are my favorite, and yellow is such a happy color!
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? Ellen DeGeneres… Because there’s nothing more that I’d love to do than prank celebrities and dance on stage (FYI: I can’t dance).
What is your biggest fear? Becoming so caught up in time-consuming activities that I forget to do what God wants me to do.
Sum yourself up in three words. Blessed Beyond Belief!
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. Some of my favorite memories from my Distinguished Young Women experience were the ones spent with my host family (Momma Fenton, Papa Fenton, and Hermana Chelsita) and my 49 other DYW sisters. However, if I had to choose only one, then my favorite would have to be when my DYW sisters and I attended Camp Grace and participated in a candle lighting ceremony. In the beginning, the camp director, Melissa, gave us unlit candles, and asked us one very important question: Who is your light? As I pondered this question, Melissa went into details about her light, Krisanna. Hearing our camp director describe this beautiful young girl who held onto her joy despite her sickness, really struck a chord in me because she talked about her with so much passion and heart. It was in this moment that I remembered my purpose for participating in this scholarship program.
My light has been and always will be God. On my best and worst days, with God, I know I can handle it all with a smile on my face. While the pressure of the competition had gotten to me a little, this ceremony helped me refocus on my purpose: To not only represent my state, but to represent God in the best way I could.
What I also loved about this ceremony was that after someone explained their light, they lit the candle of the girl right beside of them. This was the first time that I felt like I had actually gotten to know my DYW sisters because each girl explained who their light was with vulnerability and honesty. It was nice to know some girls shared the same light as me, and I keep the candle in my room as a reminder to never let anything distract me from what God wants me to do.