Yesterday, Bonnie drove us across eastern Washington to compete in the Distinguished Young Women competition (You might know it as the Junior Miss Pageant). All the competitors met up at the Beasley Coliseum on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman. There are fifteen young ladies competing for the title of DYW of Washington State. The winner will then represent Washington in the national competition next June in Mobile, Alabama.
All the girls are staying with various host families in Pullman. Bonnie was paired up with Allison from Moses Lake and Savannah from Colton. They are staying with a sweet retired couple who have gone all-out preparing their home and making sure all three girls feel welcome and comfortable during their five day stay.
Today Bonnie's day started with everyone reporting back to the coliseum at 7:30am. There they will spend a total of 10 hours practicing their opening number and fitness routines. They also have business lunches scheduled every day, as well as a time of interviews, talent practice, and more. From 7:30am to 10pm every day, Bonnie's day is scheduled.
The Final Competition will be on Saturday at 7pm. It is at the Final Competition that Bonnie will sing, I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables, perform her fitness routine, and walk on stage in her sequined cocktail dress showing grace and poise during the Self-Expression segment. At the end of the evening scholarship awards will be given out and an overall winner will be announced.
Bonnie and I will stay overnight in Pullman and have breakfast with the Leavenworth Distinguished Young Woman's board before heading home on Sunday.
We are not allowed to communicate with Bonnie during this week except with letters and gifts of encouragement. If you want to send her a note or gift you can write to her at:
960 SW Meyer Drive
Pullman, WA 99163