I knew this day was coming and it took me many days to think about exactly what I wanted to put in the final edition. I could of written about my journey as Miss Gay Arizona America. I could of written about the experiences, both god and bad. I could of written my thank yous and who I want to acknowledge by name. I could of written about many other things, but I decided to save most of that for my step down letter and instead dedicate this, the last Gazette, to the 9 gentlemen who are competing to become the 30th Symbol of Excellence, Miss Gay Arizona America 2015. I will have the distinct pleasure of crowing one of the following 9 individuals on June 28th and I would like to say a something about each of them. This is dedicated to the Class of 2015!
Bianca Solei, I was so happy to be there and see you achieve one of your dreams when you became Miss Gay Tucson America. Your continued professionalism and dedication to the America system does not go unnoticed. I want to thank you for reaching out to me and getting my feedback on your package for Miss Arizona. You are on your way to the top, never give up
Savannah Stevens, What can I say? We have had a very unique experience together this past year. We overcame and we never let it hold us down. You are a great example of excellence and you have taken every moment, both good or bad, and used it as a learning experience. I look forward to seeing what is ahead for you, cause I know in my heart it will only be great and amazing things! You, my friend, are a star!
Jimena Cavali, My little Latina sister. I am so proud of how far you have come over the years I have known you. You have a beautiful heart and soul and are one of the most determined people I know. You too, have a very bright future ahead of you. Always keep you head up and continue to grow and develop your art.
Neveah McKenzie, Good job as Miss Gay Phoenix and best of luck to you this year at Miss Gay Arizona America.
Candi Colee, Throughout all of your hardships and setbacks, you are still here! It is so great to see you never give up and never back down. You a veteran in this field and many of the youngers performers could learn a thing or two from you! Now go out there and give them all you got!
Lady Christian, You have to be one of the most genuine, real, and honest people I know. You are always there to raise the spirt of others through your comedic ways and your star has become brighter and brighter as each day goes by. Yet, you do all of this while remaining one of the most humble and down to earth queens I know. Keep doing you and you will achieve your dreams.
Jessica Michaels, You, my lady, are the definition of determination. You have never given up once on this road to Miss Gay Arizona. You have never once said that you cannot do it or you are not good enough. I am proud of you for not letting anyone stand in the way of your dreams. You are a fighter. Keep your head up like you always do and keep moving forward. I know you are on the right path to success.
Lady Ashley, you have been a breath of fresh air this year. I have really enjoyed getting to know you and I am glad to say that I have a new friend in you. You have had an open mind and an open heart. You are always asking the right questions and getting advice from the right people. Your desire to always learn and be better then you were the day before is an amazing quality to have. I can’t wait to see what you bring.
Kedence McKenzie, last but most definitely not least. You have a very bright future ahead of you. Your willingness and desire for feedback is something I admire in you. I look forward to seeing the progress you have made from your prelim to Miss Arizona. Remember to enjoy it, have fun with it, and to never doubt yourself.
One of these entertainers will be the next Miss Gay Arizona America. Some of you are ready for it and others will learn along the way if crowned. Just remember ladies, the reign is all yours and what you make of it. Your reign as Miss Gay Arizona America solely belongs to you and no one else. Many with agree with the job you are doing while others will not, but remember at the end of the day its your name and your legacy so do it the way YOU want to. I look forward to seeing you at Miss Arizona and may the best woman….WIN!
Grecia Montes D’Occa
Miss Gay Arizona America 2014