Miss Western Maryland gets ready for Miss Maryland Pageant

- WHAG NEWS - Miss Western Maryland, Amber Rose Butler stopped by WHAG Morning News with Caitlin Francis to talk about the upcoming Miss Maryland pageant!

Here’s what she has to say about her experiences in the Miss Maryland competition:

“I was searching for scholarship money Freshman year of college, and found that my school had Miss University of Miami, a Miss America preliminary. I placed 4th runner up and won a scholarship. I realized that I didn't even have to win to receive scholarships! From that point, I was hooked.

The life skills that you learn from the interview prep, and the confidence on stage, to striving to be your best in health and fitness just makes you a better person and I can use these skills in the professional field in the future.

You lose more than you win. First you have to win a local, but when you go to the state pageant, only 1 girl will be Miss Maryland and then at Miss America, only 1 girl witll be Miss America out of all of the fantastic state titleholders. It is a great life lesson though. Just as in sports, games, or job applications, you win some and you lose some.

I run my own national safe driving organization, RED - Responsible & Educated Drivers. My back was broken in an car accident when I was only 16 years old, and my father received a traumatic brain injury in the same accident. I wanted to do something about our roads, so I started with the intersection where my accident took place, and it took off from there. I now work with Ford, Bridgestone, CarFit, the Maryland DOT, Florida DOT, Driver's Edge, University of Miami PD, and the Just Drive, Maryland Scholarship program. I received the Miss America Community Service Award in 2014 for my program.

At Miss Western Maryland I received a $2,000 scholarship. I have received over $5,250 from the Miss America Organization, and I will receive more at the state pageant next week. I am a survivor and a thriver and I want to show that you can overcome tragedy and still be Miss America and follow your dreams.

I've done everything from send thank you notes to our local volunteer fire fighters, to collecting items for the Humane Society, I have also raised over $1,300 for the Children's Miracle Network this year(I'm still gathering donations so find me online!). I have a lot of sponsors, politicians, and exciting partnerships this year with the National Aquarium and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, so I want to utilize all of this support as Miss Maryland and give back to our community.”

The Miss Maryland Scholarship Pageant is at the Maryland Theater in Hagerstown from June 24th-27th.

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