Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wonderful Saturday!

As the state competition gets closer, I have felt the need to explore more of this beautiful state, after all I am asking for the job to represent it. I have been a long time fan of Time Out New York and its inexpensive and fun ideas and ways to spend a Saturday in New York. My roommate and I decided to try it out today and we had a wonderful time in Brooklyn! We spent the first part of today at Brooklyn's Botanical Gardens and I have to say it is one of the most beautiful places I have been to since I moved here. It is incredible how serene and quiet it is, while just outside the hustle and bustle of the city. It was their annual "Bee Day Party" and it was filled with honey and free admission to patrons. So I send out a special thank you to this quirky little insect for contributing to my beautiful Saturday!

Of course I had to take a picture of the Miss America rose!

The second part of my day consists of exploring the Upper West Side and partaking in a free dance class. I will admit I am far from an enthused exerciser, which does not mix well with the swimsuit potion of competition, so I have to find unique and fun things to do to stay in shape. What better way than dancing with some local seniors in a free dance class?

The Mr. New York pageant is tomorrow at 8pm!
It will be held at Spoon Theatre and will be benefitting the Children's Miracle Network. I have sent out e-mails and talked to many of you, but if you are at all interested in purchasing tickets please visit
I will be performing along with Claire Buffie, Miss Southeast New York and Keelie Sheridan, Miss Greater New York. Come out and be a part of the crowning of the first Mr.New York!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Aside from my platform and pageants...

I am also heavily involved in school. Upon entering LIM College, I learned they had never had a choir before, which has been my world since I was in first grade. So to remedy this situation, my friend Jen and I decided we would found LIM's first choir. We had a very successful beginning year filled with exciting performances, laughs, memories and even an award! A member of Ultimate Choir just e-mailed me and passed along a story she wrote about us for our school's online blog. As the Vice-President and Co-Founder, I wanted to take a brief moment and do some minor bragging and show off the members' hard work.

6/2/2010 - 3:06 PM

LIM's New Student Chorus

On April 9, 2010, an introduction from LIM College President Marcuse opened the official debut of LIM College’s student choir to the college faculty and staff at an All College Meeting. That was the choir’s first performance, and based on the raves that reached members of the choir by email, it will definitely not be the last. In fact, shortly thereafter the choir performed at a Student Life conference meeting. LIM College even bestowed the choir an academic award for its achievement in such a short time.

The LIM College uLtIMate Choir, as it has been named, has four members. Co-founders, Jennifer Daiches and Cassandra Franklin sought out an advisor to help create a club that would embrace their interest in singing and Advisor Joy Leslie stepped forward. Olivia Hotar and I joined the founders, enabling four-part harmony in the a cappella group. After struggling initially, members secured the assistance of Professor Wlodarczyk, who was teaching a course on appreciating music. Professor Wlodarczyk guided the choir in developing repertoire such as The Beatles “I Will” and Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.”

Olivia Hotar is looking forward to singing for entering students during Welcome Week, and said, “I am so very excited about the performances in August. They are going to take a lot of preparation but they will be worth it when we blow people away."

To get involved with the choir in the 2010 Fall Semester, find our table at the student involvement fair, also called “club day” early in the term. Choir president, Jennifer Daiches said, “Next semester...we are hoping to expand our choir a little bit…giving us a larger selection of songs to perform. I hope that we will continue to give amazing and liberating performances.”

--Adriana Rivera

I know this is different from my usual posts, but I thought it was necessary to show what can happen from a simple idea. In some ways it correlates with what I preach about in my programs on bullying. If you give students the opportunity to participate or even create a group they are passionate about, most likely you will not see children exhibiting bullying behavior. Granted, bullying has thankfully never been an issue in this group, but I felt it was something important to remember. Involving your children in something positive that they are interested in can do a lot.

In other news, I picked up my evening gown from the tailors today, and I have to say it is one of the most stunning gowns I have ever laid eyes on. I feel truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to wear a garment I feel so beautiful in. I can't wait for my friends and family to see me wearing it on stage! If I could bottle my personality and make it into a garment, it would be this evening gown. Only 10 more days till Miss New York!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hometown Support

I was so excited to receive an e-mail this morning stating an article had been published about me in my hometown, Garland, Texas. It's always nice to see people supporting you even when you're a thousand miles away. Although New York is my home now, I will always have Garland in my heart and feel truly blessed to have grown up there. Check out the article below, I'm so excited it mentions the Miss America program and my platform!

Hope you enjoy the article, I'm off to pick up my evening gown!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Take A Stand Program

I have been working hard the past few weeks to create my own 3 part program for my platform, Take A Stand: Standing Up Against Bullying. In the past, I had a special book I liked to read when explaining bullying to children, however I wanted to have a handout that would make it easy to remember our discussion long after I had left. Due to this need, I took the initiative to create my own pledge and bracelets to remind kids and adults the power of "taking a stand" against bullying. My bracelets are being produced as we speak and as soon as I get them I will post a picture for you all to see! I do however have a picture of my pledge, the first part of my 3 part pledge (as seen below).

The Take A Stand Pledge has four simple rules: Tell, Bystander, Kind, and Remember.
1. Pledge to tell an adult if I am bullied.
2. Pledge not to be a bystander if one of my friends is being bullied.
3. Pledge to always be kind to those around you.
4. Pledge to remember it is not your fault if you are bullied.

These are simple rules that I feel every child can understand and they fit perfectly with the book I read in each program that I mentioned earlier. Stop Picking On Me, by Pat Thomas is my favorite children's book on bullying. If you have not read it definitely pick it up for your children. It gives you the opportunity for an open forum to discuss this topic and it always excited the kids to be involved in my program. This is why it is the second part of my 3 part program.

I cannot wait to receive the last and final piece of my 3-tool program, the bracelets! As soon as I have them I will make another update.

Tonight we have mock interviews! Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

As I was completing my daily routine this morning of Regis & Kelly while reading through msn news, I decided to take a break to watch Demi Lovato's interview. I've listened to some of her music and thought she was very talented, but I didn't know much about her, aside from being a Disney Channel kid and coming from my home state of Texas. I was surprised to learn she had been bullied as a child, and from that experience has partnered with as a spokesperson. I checked out the website and it is actually a great resource for kids and parents. It has videos of victims speaking about their experiences, links to other anti-bullying websites, and much more, presented in a teen- friendly package.

When news hit of Phoebe Prince's death, the 15-year-old who committed suicide after being bullied, Lovato recorded a PSA on her Myspace Account telling everyone how important this issue is and where to get help. As an advocate and one time victim, I'm very impressed that Demi Lovato takes time to help those who are dealing with this issue. That is what I call a positive role model and a celebrity working to make a difference. Please check out the website to learn more about the organization.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Megan Pledge

Megan Meier has recently been inspiring students through out the country. How you ask, by the legacy she left after her tragic death on October 17, 2006. The young 13-year-old was the victim of cyberbullying and took her own life after being rejected and verbally beat down by a "peer", who turned out to be a friend's mother, on myspace. Megan's mother, Tina Meier, started the Megan Meier Foundation in hopes that it would help others facing this issue. The mission is to "bring awareness, education and promote positive change to children, parents and educators in response to the ongoing bullying and cyberbullying in our children's daily environment".

Recently, the foundation has launched The Megan Pledge with help from
You can download each part of the pledge which includes a personal pledge, a teen cyber-safety guide, Megan's story, the polka dot remembrance ribbon, and more.

Please take a moment to read Megan's story and download the pledge, all of which can be accessed through the above like to stopcyberbullying's website.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Miss America's New Home!

Next January, the Miss America Organization will not only be celebrating its 90th anniversary, but also it's return to network television! MAO has signed a three-year contract with ABC and will be broadcast through 2013. I am so excited for this partnership! The organization has worked hard the last several years to re-brand and modernize the title of "Miss America" and this is another step in the right direction.

Here is the direct link to the press release to read more: