One year ago today, my dream of being Jr. Miss Lumbee became a reality.
First, I would like to start off by thanking my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is because of you that I am able to live every day, certain that you are near me and protecting me always.
Momma, my “A1-day 1” the biggest thank you goes to you. First, I would like to thank you for always being so open-minded and for pushing me beyond my limits when I told you I wanted to be Jr. Miss Lumbee. I know driving me everywhere got tiring, but you did it without complaining, I love you. Thank you for always supporting me in everything I do!
Daddy, thank you for being the best parade driver ever. I know you were always busy with work, but I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come support me. I love you always.
Ayanna, thank you for always letting me know your opinion on a dress or even on what I was doing. I know sometimes picking me up and driving me around places got tiring, but you did it anyway. I love you.
Alena, for all the times I asked “Can you take this picture for me?” I’d truly like to say thank you. Also, for all the times we stayed up talking about what we are going to be or what we are going to do in the future. I don’t tell often but you love you sister.
Austin, or as I call you often Curt-thank you for always being just the thing I need to make me happy. I loved every single nerf gun war and “battle” that we’ve had this year. I live you Little Man.
To my best friend, my backbone, I thank God that you are in my life I honestly don’t know what I would have done without you this year. Thank you for sticking with me through thick and thin. I love you, Layanna.
To my Madison, thank you for always making me laugh in class and also, for accepting my MAJOR Kit-Kat obsession. I love you Girly.
To my friend group, thank you for being the best support system throughout this year. I love you guys!
To my queens: I would first like to say that I know we were truly meant to be together and that my year wouldn’t have been the same with any other court.
Keely, thank you for being my little sidekick wherever we went. Throughout this year, you have always been the little ball of energy that I needed to brighten my days. If there is one thing I learned about you this year it is that you know everything there is to know about slime. I would not have wanted another Little Miss by my side.
Kerigahn, or as I like to call you, my fellow songbird-thank you for all of the laughs you have given me this year. I enjoyed every moment we were on Instagram or Facebook live, singing our hearts out. Thanks for letting me practice my makeup on you always and for lifting me up when I was down. I truly love you!
Lyndsey, the mother figure of our group, I could write a whole story about why I love you, but, for the sake of time, I have decided to keep it short. As the only dancer in our group, I know you got tired of singing with us, but you eventually got used to it. A huge thank you goes to you for our car jams, you listening to my endless rants, and deep talks throughout this year. You have taught me to persevere , and, for that, I love you.
Mrs. Wanda, our Senior Miss this year, thank you for always reminding me of God’s love for me. I’m grateful you got to be our Senior Miss this year.
To Mrs. Kelly and Mr. Bobby deal, this year surely wouldn’t have been the same without you guys. Thank you for picking me up if I ever needed it.
To Ms. Wanetta, thank you for always lightening the mood when you came around and for making me laugh when I needed it.
To Mrs. Karen and Mr. Eric, thank you for always welcoming me into your home (and mostly your pantry and fridge) and for always asking “Would you like anything to eat?”
Mrs. Celeste and Mahlea, thank you for never failing to be there for me and for helping me before and during my reign. You two truly have hearts of Gold.
Grandma Sherlene and Papa Bracy, thank you for neve failing to come through with the best pastry and field peas ever. I love you both.
Caleb, my favorite cousin, thank you for always being down to stay up late with me (no matter how tired you were at times) love you!
Aunt Connie, thank you for supporting me in everything I do.
Grandma Cathy, thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me. Whether it as teaching me piano, or playing it while I sing, or even making your delicious creamed potatoes, I can say, every step of the way, you were there, and I love you.
Aunt Alicia, for all the ties you played the piano for me while I sang, and for always being there for me, thank you. I love you.
I would like to say thank you to the Prospect School staff and my eacgers for always being so understanding and allowing me to make-up work. Speaking of Prospect School staff, there is someone that I would like to mention which is Mrs. Tara Lowry. Thank you for always being so gracious.
Marcus, this year wouldn’t have been the same without you by my side and supporting me always.
Mr. Howard Richardson and Mrs. Hillary Scott-Cross, all your beautiful beadwork this year was much appreciated.
Mrs. Ranessa and Ms. Chris, thankyou for the beautiful regalia you made for me this year.
Mrs. Millicent, I am so grateful for teaching me all the powwow etiquette I needed to know this year.
To the best voice coah ever, Mrs. Shannon, thank you for all your help.
Mr. Bryan, thank you for being a great pageant coach.
To all my sponsors, your support of me and my dream of being Jr. Miss Lumbee has meant the world to me.
Mrs. Belinda, thank you for always being a helping hand and for being so giving.
Kaya, your beautiful esganye was a true gift. I loved every opportunity I got to sing your song.
Aunt Kim, thank you for being gracious enough to help me make sure my farewell speech was perfect.
To my successor, may you wear your crown with not only beauty, but with dignity and grace. Remember to always make the most out of every little moment because, before you know it, it will all be over.
It has been a great honor to hold the coveted title of Jr. Miss Lumbee and to serve my people throughout this past year. It has been an experience that I will never forget, and I will forever be a better version of myself because of it.
For the last time, I am Junior Miss Lumbee 2018-2019 Ashtyn Skye Thomas.