Saturday, November 27, 2010

Memphis Princess and Shelby County's Outstanding Teen Pageants

What an honor it was today to judge 13 beautiful, talented, articulate, and poised young ladies as they vied for the titles of Miss Memphis Princess and Shelby County's Outstanding Teen.  The production was first class, and I was inspired by the hope for change and zest for life these contestants conveyed.  Congratulations to Jocelynn Jordan, 2011 Miss Memphis Princess, and Grace Burgess, 2011 Shelby County's Outstanding Teen.  You two are wonderful representatives of our city and county.  Also, congratulations to Ivy Depew, 2011 Miss Memphis, and Jill Brooks, 2011 Miss Shelby County.
Me after the pageant with the adorable Amber Reed, 2010 Miss Memphis Princess. 
Judges with the newly crowned Miss Memphis Princess and Miss Shelby County's Outstanding Teen 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Busy Weekend

My weekend kicked off on Thursday when my husband and I judged the Memphis City Schools Think Show! at Georgia Avenue Elementary School in downtown Memphis.  The talented kids treated us to a Blues Music Show, an Al Green performance, great artwork, and reports on famous Memphis natives Elvis Presley, Cybil Shepard, and Aretha Franklin.  We were joined at the school by fellow judge Brittany Fitzpatrick, Miss Tennessee International 2011 first runnerup.  The three of us had a wonderful time with the kids and were honored to be part of the event.
On Friday night, I joined several Miss Tennessee local titleholders at the "Tinsel and Tiaras" event at the Busy Womens' Expo at the Agri Center in Memphis.  As the women arrived, they were each welcomed and "crowned."  The event was a huge success.  What woman doesn't love to wear a crown once in a while?!  The proceeds from the event will benefit the National Kidney Fountation.
Saturday began with the Alzheimer's Memory Walk at Autozone Park in downtown Memphis with my husband David, Miss Tennessee International, Bobbie Marie Gregg, and Miss Teen Tennessee International, Randi Strong.  Although the rain refused to stay away, hundreds of people walked together in memory and in honor of those who suffer and have suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.  The Walk started off with a high energy dance warmup which the three of us enjoyed very much!  It was an honor to spend the day with Bobbie Marie and Randi who are both wonderful, genuine, kind young women.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Welcome November

November is already shaping up to be a busy month!  This Thursday, November 11, my husband David and I will be judging the Memphis City Schools Think Show! at Georgia Avenue Elementary.  The Think Show! is a creative competition being held in conjunction with President Obama's Graduation Initiative.  Memphis was one of four cities chosen to develop and implement a program designed to allow the children of our nation to showcase their creative talents.  I am honored to be part of this amazing opportunity for the children of Memphis, and I look forward to being treated to a day of musical, artistic, and scientific entertainment!  If you are interested in judging with David and me, e-mail me, and I will get you signed up!

On November 12, I will be a special guest at the "Tinsel and Tiaras" event at the Memphis Busy Womens' Expo.  Gather your girlfriends and come out to the Memphis Agri Center and treat yourself to a night of shopping and pampering.  On the morning of November 13, David and I will join Bobbie Marie Gregg, Miss Tennessee International, and Randi Strong, Miss Teen Tennessee International, at the Alzheimer's Memory Walk at Autozone Park in downtown Memphis.  My grandmother, Ruth Porter, was stricken with this disease, so I will be participating in her memory. 

God Bless,
Mary-Marsha Riley
Mrs. Tennessee International 2011