WOW!!! I can't believe a year ago I was crowned Miss Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen!!! It has been an amazing year.
I have had the opportunity to do so many wonderful things. I began my reign by helping out with Popcorn Days for Lambs Farm and took up a collection for the Huntley Animal Shelter. I donated books to my dentist's and doctor's offices. I also donated the stuffed animals to the Algonquin Fire Department where I was able to check out their brand new fire truck! In October, I took part in the Breast Cancer Walk. I also helped out Toys 4 Tots during the holidays by collecting donations for children.
Nationals in California was awesome! I loved meeting the other contestants from around the United States. Disneyland and the Hollywood tour were so much fun. I had a blast strolling down Rodeo Drive with my sister queens. Someone even stopped us for a picture. To add to all the fun I was one of the top 10 semi-finalist!!!
I also had the opportunity to be visiting royalty. I traveled to Iowa and Pennsylvania- two states I had never been to before. It was great to see Kristen & Hailey, my pageant friends that I met at nationals again.
Your 2010 Miss Illinois Jr. Pre-Teen
Taylor Lyn Castro