Farewell for now

Six years ago, a 15-year old girl walked into a room at Henry Schmidt Park eager to earn scholarship money to assist in college tuition. She was exposed to an entire new world and a whole new group of people. jessa2 Little did she know that that first encounter was the very beginning of a chapter in her life that has yet to end. It is amazing how quickly time passes, especially when you are surrounded by incredible people, are quite busy and are having fun!

I am proud to say that six years later, that 15-year old girl is now a 21 year-old young woman whom is writing to you today. Those six years have played a significant part in creating my present self. If I had never come across the Miss America Organization and the wonderful people who compose it, I am sure that I would not be the person I am today. This organization, and the Miss Santa Clara organization in particular, has provided me with opportunities that have allowed me to embark on experiences that only few people can experience. It has been a sincere honor and privilege to represent our beautiful city of Santa Clara not once in this organization, but three times. My memories as Miss Santa Clara’s Outstanding Teen 2010, Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2011 and now Miss Santa Clara 2015 are pieces of my life that are part of the most special pages in my book.

There are four points to every crown in the Miss America Organization – scholarship, style, service and success. In my six years, I have embraced each of these points with my sparkly hat on my head, and off.

A BIG thank you to the Miss America organization for the 15,000 scholarship dollars that I have been awarded with throughout the years. This scholarship has been a huge help in my higher education. I am proud to say that I am now a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in public relations and a minor in communication studies. In 3.5 years, I was able to complete my bachelor’s degree knowing my hard work in the Miss America Organization was helping me along the way.

One of my favorite components of this organization is its dedication to service. The past six years I have had the opportunity to implement my personal platform, “Building a Healthy Future: Instilling a Healthy Lifestyle in Our Youth,” to hundreds of individuals not only in our city of Santa Clara, but throughout the whole state. It has been an honor to meet, interact and to serve our community and advocate for good health. The members of our community make the year as Miss Santa Clara extra rewarding.

Style represents so many different elements. Not only in the aspect of clothing and presence, but the style of how the organization goes round. The fact that this organization is run solely by volunteers is astonishing. The Miss Santa Clara organization committee members, the Miss California organization volunteers, every titleholder, every participant and every other volunteer that touches this organization provides a sense of style that embodies the MAO. This organization is all about support, growth, advocacy, family, and that is our style.

Without my six years in this program, my success would not have been possible. Graduating college early, my four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush, placing in the top ten at Miss California 2015, winning a preliminary swimsuit award, working at the world’s biggest search engine, all have happened because of the skills I have gained through this organization.

I wish I could say thank you to every single person that has helped me along the way, but unfortunately I am restricted to one page. 🙂 I hope you all get to see my farewell video for a more detailed list, but for written restrictions I would like to give a one huge THANK YOU to each and every person who have been a part of my journey. Without you, I would be lost. I love you all.

A special thank you to my core; my mother, father, Johnny, Joseph, Mary McCaman, Missy Revino, Tony Moises, Stephanie Quintal, Mrs. Rosa, Christian Vega, Negda Alvarez, Renee Esquibel, Rachel Esquibel, the Shelton’s and the City of Santa Clara for being by my side every step of the way. I am extremely grateful for your time, love, support, and encouragement throughout these special years. Melissa, Caroline and Emily, it’s been a blast spending the year with such fun and awesome sisters.

As I de-bobby pin the crown off my head, I would like to leave you all with one last message:

Value the present. Live free of tension, full of love, happiness and laughter. Be a lifelong learner. Embody dedication and uniqueness. Create

Yours Truly,

Jessa Carmack

Miss Santa Clara 2015