Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Being Different, Miss America Contestants

We know who won the Miss America Pageant last night.  From the pageant come several topics for reflection.

 1) More obvious differences existed among the contestants.  Four accomplished women, who were “different” in various ways made it to the pageant and competed in front of America.  All of the contestants had to have grit, confidence, intelligence, perseverance, talent, and goals set and attained.  See the first article excerpt below.

2) Miss America, Nina Davuluri, is the first winner of Indian descent.  Highly accomplished, she was immediately “bullied” or criticized online because of her ethnicity. 

This is America.  What should or does that mean regarding the future of young or old?  What do we teach all youth about criticizing or bullying others who are "different"?  Is being different a reason to quit? 

Mentors rise far above the differences in youths or their families.  Consistently, they build a relationship, find the mentees’ spark, listen, teach goal-setting and goal-reaching, overcome low self-esteem and provide steady encouragement for mentees to be the best of themselves. 

These two articles relating to the pageant offer discussion topics about being different, overcoming self, bullying, prejudice, confidence, personality, achieving in spite of obstacles...

Tattoos to Tourette's: Four Miss America hopefuls to watch
Danika Fears, Sep. 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM 

Excerpt:  "A med school hopeful who has battled with bulimia.  An Army soldier with tattoos.  A 20-year-old with Tourette syndrome.  A vocalist born without her left forearm."  

Reuters:  Miss Kansas, Miss New York, Miss Iowa

Miss America crowns 1st winner of Indian descent
By CNN Staff
11:31 AM EDT, Mon September 16, 2013


No comments:

Post a Comment