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Miss Anti-Plastic

Today I am competing in my Miss Local Pageant, a preliminary to Miss America. If I win this today, I will go to my Miss State Pageant, and then possibly Miss America. I've just finished my interview, and have a few hours before the show starts. In order to enter, I had to write a platform essay, which talked about an issue I would want to address during my time serving, should I win.

I chose an issue near and dear to my heart: Reducing Plastic Consumption.

I want to bring awareness to this issue in as many ways as I can. We are surrounded by plastic, constantly producing more. Yet, people aren't really aware of the price of this decision. Should I win, and even if I don't, I'm going to continue doing everything in my power to spread awareness.

Wish me luck!


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