Farewell from Miss Teen La Mesa

Kelli Loper, Miss Teen La Mesa 2014

Kelli Loper, Miss Teen La Mesa 2014

Never in a million years could I have guessed what my year as Miss Teen La Mesa had in store for me. I won on my third try and I can honestly say that hard work and determination does pay off. I am beyond grateful for this experience and it is something that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life. Although I am sad that my reign will end tonight, I am beyond thrilled for the next Miss Teen La Mesa because she is joining a sisterhood that will last a lifetime. None of my year would have been possible without a few special people who did nothing but cheer me on. Mom, I could not have done this year without you by my side. From driving me to events, to paying for my gas so that I could drive myself to events, and always standing by my side with whatever I set my mind to, I can never thank you enough. Your support for me never diminishes and I appreciate all that you do for me. Dave, thank you for being a second dad to me and the best step dad/pageant dad I could have ever wished for. Thank you for supporting me in whatever I set my mind to whether it be on the field or on the stage… And for rolling my dress cart, holding my heels, and carrying my caboodle when Mom won’t. Dad, thank you for supporting me however and whenever. Britany, thank you for being the best big sister and always supporting everything I do. Christian, thank you for being such an understanding boyfriend this past year and for putting up with my busy schedule. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey. My sister queens have also made this year one of the best. I have so many amazing memories with you all and A LOT of pictures to go along with them. Mandy, I remember being scared to talk to you after the pageant because I was afraid you wouldn’t like me. That thought is long gone and I couldn’t have asked for a better Miss. From our long talks on the way to events, to sharing crazy stories, you are always able to make events even better. Your ambition and personality makes you who you are and makes you beautiful. I already had one older sister, but now I have been blessed with another. Good luck with wherever life takes you but don’t forget to make me a bridesmaid later in life when you get married. No matter how old we get, I’ll always be your teen. Liz and Bri, the two of you are such inspiring people and the City of Santee is lucky to have you. I’ve enjoyed all of the galas and events that we have been able to attend and I know that my year wouldn’t have been the same without you two ladies. Throughout my year I have felt beyond comfortable and welcomed by the community. I owe this to the La Mesa Chamber and Mary England. Thank you so much for always looking out for us and taking fabulous care of your La Mesa girls. However none of this would have been possible without our amazing directors. Sierra, thank you for helping me to prepare for the Greater San Diego pageant. You’ve taught me so much about makeup and eyelashes and better ways to do my hair. Maria and Robin, thank you for supporting all of us in anything we want to take on. The three of you have been such great role models to us and we appreciate you taking over the pageant so that more girls can share this amazing opportunity. To my successor: as cliché as it sounds, your year really does go by in the blink of an eye. Take advantage of anything and everything that comes your way. Your year is what you make of it. Take the lead of things you are passionate about and find events that speak to you. You are now a role model for the City of La Mesa and little girls will be looking up to you. I remember taking a picture at an event with a little girl and letting her wear my crown. Three months later she saw me at a parade and came running over to me to take another picture with me and wear my crown again. Her dad then told me how much she loves me and how thrilled she was when I let her wear my crown the first time. I never thought that little girls could tell the difference between all the different princesses, but she did. Take advantage of this opportunity and become the role model that you are meant to be. And so, to the next Miss Teen La Mesa 2015: Congratulations, you’re officially a full time princess. Welcome to the sisterhood.

Love always,

Kelli Loper

Miss Teen La Mesa 2014

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