Determined, energetic, and passionate are in my opinion, three fitting adjectives to describe Jennie Collins; she is the epitome of what this organization stands for. She was determined to represent her home town, is passionate about giving back to her community, and possesses an indescribable energy towards life. I was lucky enough to share my Miss Wisconsin Week 2015 experience with her and can honestly say she’s one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met. Name: Jennie Collins
Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Education: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Certified Medical Assistant
Dream job/ Current Job: I am currently working as a Respiratory Therapist Extern at Aurora BayCare Medical Center while pursuing my career as a Respiratory Care Practitioner.
Favorite color: Pink 1. Whad inspired you to get involved with the Miss America Organization? I grew up watching Miss America on TV and always said “I want to be her”. As I grew older I learned the Miss America Organization was much more than beauty. These young women had substance, passion, talent and so much more. Knowing this motivated me even more to turn my dreams into reality.
2. Tell us about your first MAO pageant. My first pageant was Miss Green Bay Area 2010, everytime I think of this pageant I instantly start laughing. Although I thought I did, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. From wardrobe, to makeup, to walks, there was so much to learn; including multitasking. When it was my turn for evening gown I walked on stage with the list of things I had to remember in my head (shoulders back, walk slow, look at the judges, look at the audience). Did you notice something missing from my list? Yes, smile. Out of all things, I forgot to smile. The girl who was later announced Miss Congeniality 2010, forgot to smile during evening gown. This organization is about learning and growing and let me tell you, after this pageant I never forgot to smile again! 3. What is/was your platform and why did you choose it? Volunteerism: The Gift of Giving, I picked this platform because volunteering is something near and dear to me. I began volunteering at local nursing homes when I was 9 years old. I saw how volunteering not only impacted my life but those I was helping as well and I wanted to continue making a difference in my community. 4. What is your favorite phase of competition, why? Interview is by far my favorite phase of competition. Besides the fact that I have the gift of gab and I love to talk. One reason I really enjoyed interview was because I liked the challenge of not knowing what to expect, especially since every panel of judges was so different it created such a variety of interview experiences.
5. Style, Service, Scholarship, or Success? Service
6. What title(s) have you held and what were some of your biggest accomplishments or most cherished memories during your year? Miss Green Bay Area 2015- This in itself was one of my biggest accomplishments. It has always been a dream of mine to compete at Miss Wisconsin representing my hometown. After 4 years of competing at Miss Green Bay Area I finally fulfilled my dream. I cherished every second of this journey and every person I have met along the way has touched my life in one way or another so there is no way I could possibly narrow it down to just a few.
7. What is/was your talent and what do/did you enjoy most about performing it? The first year I competed my talent was dance and the following two years I played the trumpet. Neither of those talents seemed to showcase my personality at all. Therefore, my final year competing I decided to change my talent yet again and perform a comedic monologue; I liked that it was different but also allowed me to show the judges my personality.
8. Who is your biggest role model within the Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Program? I think Laura Kaeppeler is extremely inspiring. When I was still fairly new to pageants I saw her win Miss Wisconsin and I remember her evening gown was the only one that did not have a single rhinestone on it. It was a simple purple dress and it made me realize, that it’s not about the gown, it is about girl in the gown that truly matters.
9. Favorite comfort food outside of competition mode? Deep fried pickles (from Regattas)
10. Who is your favorite Miss America? Why? Lee Meriwether, she was catwoman enough said!
11. How would you describe the feelings you had when you won your first local? What goes through your mind when you are standing on stage and you hear your name called? Fulfilling a dream I had since I was little, was an absolutely incredible feeling, especially since it was the last year I was eligible to compete. When my name was called I was in complete shock and I knew I was in for the journey of a lifetime. 12. If someone says, “You’re a beauty queen, what’s the relevancy of a pageant in today’s society,” what would you say to them? As I stated earlier, this organization is so much more than beauty. The benefits the Miss America Organization provides is priceless. It encourages young women to be articulate, poised, driven and intelligent. These women always have been and always will be tomorrow’s leaders and by that I do not mean just the winners, the contestants are role models as well. Therefore pageantry is extremely relevant in today’s society.
13. How has your involvement influenced your life? My involvement in this organization has influenced my life in every aspect. I would be lying if I said I left this organization the same person as I started. I have grown in ways I never knew was possible. As well as the immense amount of skills I have gained that I will take with me for the rest of my life and friends that will last a lifetime.
14. What advice would you give to fellow sisters, contestants, and young girls looking to one day compete for a title? Have fun, never give up and most importantly be yourself. You are not competing against each other, you are only competing against yourself to be the best version of you, you can possibly be.