So excited to be sending my big sister off to Miss Minnesota today! Lauren and I have become best friends over the past year and I am so proud of her. I was able to watch her shine on stage today as she modeled her many outfits and spoke about her platform "Growing the Distance." I also had the privilege of emceeing the event and talking to the audience about the friendship we've made and the memories we've shared together this year. For my first year in the Miss America program, I got pretty darn lucky. Lauren is not only my beautiful sister queen, but also a true friend. With a crown or without, she has shown up to every major event of my Junior year. She even made a surprise visit at grand march prom night! Lauren is the best big sister a girl could ask for. I can only hope that one day when I have a teen, I will be as dedicated to her as Lauren is to me.