Teen 2018 Newsletter

Dear Southwest Family,

I hope 2018, has been treating everyone well so far!! I am very excited about the upcoming months and the events that will come along with them!! It seems as though the first couple months of our new year have just flown by!

Recently, I have been hard at work getting my speech ready so that in the next month or so I can start my speaking tour. I'm very excited to begin my speaking tour because I will get to travel around Southwest Michigan to speak on my platform which I am very passionate about, Alzheimer's Disease. According to the Alzheimer's Association, this disease does not discriminate, and it even has the power to bankrupt our government!!! Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's and over 3 million cases are diagnosed in the United States every year. My platform, Alzheimer's Awareness is very special to me. I feel as if I'm able to connect with more people as this disease has affected my family and is only spreading like a wildfire.

I have attended quite a few events, starting with joining my hometown of Coloma to cheer at the Miss and Mr. Coloma Pageant. Then we had two of our monthly Goodwill Tours, where we go around to some assisted living facilities, spend time with the residents, play games with them and learn about their lives. We have also held orientation for our 2018 Mrs., Ms., Miss, Pre-Teen, and Princess Programs to be held April 28th & 29th. I was so very excited to meet all the wonderful contestants that we'll have with us for the next couple months!! More events included St. Joseph Todays Magical Ice Festival, the Southwest Wine and Canvas, Heart Warming Art at Martins in Stevensville, and Southwest Michigan's Princess Kendall's bowling fundraiser!! I always have so much fun at events and know I will have an amazing time!!

I would appreciate it greatly if you would consider becoming an official sponsor for my year of service as I promote Alzheimer's Awareness. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, please contact the Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program office at 269-429-4999, or visit our website at www.misssouthwestmichigan.org.

 

Love Always,

Ashley Lynn Little
Miss Southwest Michigan Teen 2018