Friday, May 16, 2014

Miss South Carolina

Here at TJ Formal, we love the Miss America system!  Miss America is the world's largest provider of scholarship money for young women. Over $45 million dollars is awarded annually through local, state and national competitions.  This system helps to mold bright young women and we love them!

Meet Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller!

 We tracked her down for a quick interview before she gives up her title in June.

What sparked your interest in Pageantry?

I did my first pageant when I was in 9th grade.  I did Miss Wando, the high school pageant, all four years, because I loved to sing.  I was always doing sports, and it was my chance to have a solo, one time in the year to sing Barbara Streisand. That's really why I wanted to do it; I love performing on stage.

Why was it important for you to win the title of Miss South Carolina?  

Law school was really hard because all I was thinking about during school was Miss South Carolina.  A lot of people this year have asked 'awe, are you tired?', and I'm like, No!  It has just allowed my personality to break loose. The Lord gave it to me.  He has made me so extroverted. So, for my personally, this has been a breaking free kind of year. For myself, I am thankful for that.  In regards to the state (South Carolina), showing that the organization (Miss America) is a concrete and tangible thing is important because my platform (Go Higher) is so concrete.  It was really something of substance with College Application Day because I helped start it in 2009, and over 40,000 high school seniors have applied through it.  Then we had a press conference with senators and 8 representatives at the Miss South Carolina Text Free press conference.  I think this shows the state we are something that's real and service oriented so that was an important aspect for me, too.

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What effect has being Miss South Carolina had on your life?

When they say someone's life is about to change right before they crown the next girl, it is so true.  Not just this year, but going through the pageant process has changed my life.  That's why I push people and say, "I urge you just to give yourself a chance, just try the pageant out." I have learned so much about interview, how to present myself, where my weaknesses are, and where my strengths are.  You really learn to be the best you.

Tell me something you are proud of that you have achieved during your reign.

I remember the first school I went to, and I was asked to speak.  There was no topic, they just wanted to hear Miss South Carolina speak.  I really didn't know exactly what I was going to speak on.  But I think what I'm proud of is that I've really have come to have a message.  That's what I say is really important for girls to know before they go in there what your message is to a fifth grade class. The middle and elementary school kids are really who we touch the most I think, just because the crown means the most to them. The lessons I have learned in my short 24 years of life have been able to help verbalize a message of positivity, hope, and a "go higher" kind of message to younger kids.  So, that is something I am pretty proud of.
Also, this texting legislation they have been trying to pass for over four years, I really think that this year will be the year to pass the statewide anti texting while driving ban.  A lot of people have said it is partly our (Miss South Carolina Organization) involvement.  One of the attorney's at the general assembly said, "It was the most highly attended and exciting press conference he has seen since Mark Sanford."  So, that was neat. 
Also, getting Miss Congeniality at Miss South Carolina and Miss America just solidified my love for people. I just love people, and they recognized that, which really meant a lot to me.

What is next for Miss Brooke Mosteller?  How do you top this year?!

You top this year by going to school.  I've gotten around $36,000 in scholarships, and I've finished one year of law school. I'll go back and do school again, but I think that I am going to get an agent, as well, so that I can host events, sing, or audition for things on the side.  I'm excited about that.  I will just kind of live the high school musical of both worlds!

If any of our readers know you, they know you always have a joke or a funny story!  Any recent funny encounters during your appearances lately?

Well this one is just kind of funny.  I went to this school, and a kid was sitting there when I was taking questions after finishing a speech.  One of his questions was, "Could I have a hug?", and I said, "Well, you can't sitting down. Get on up here!"  So he stood up and gave me a hug.  Then I just got swarmed with like 30 hugs or something.  It's not very funny, but it's cute!
Something that is funny that I have shared before, I went to Palmetto Christian Academy, which is where I went to school, to speak to a 4th grade class.  This little kid raised his hand and said, "Did you have sex in math?" I did not know what he was saying, so I said "I'm sorry". He said  "Did you have sex in math?" The teacher looked and me, and said "Did you have Saxxon math?", which is a type of math book.  So, that was kind of funny. So, I said, yes, I did have that.


We just want to thank Brooke for taking the time to talk to us for this interview.  Also, for being such an amazing Miss South Carolina.  Her energy is contagious and we can never have enough of that positivity!  We have loved our photo shoots, fashion shows and dressing her up for whatever occasion we can!  Whoever is crowned the next Miss South Carolina will surely have some big shoes to fill!
Queen B will be missed!

Good luck to her in all of her future endeavors!
-From the Ladies at TJ Formal.

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