Incredibly Thankful and Blessed

I feel so incredibly thankful and blessed to have received my crown and banner! I am so thrilled to start representing my beautiful state of Michigan and the Miss American Coronet Pageant!

Staying Hope•Full

This week is a very special week for me and so many others as it is National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) Week! This is a week where those who have been affected and also those that haven’t come together to fight this horrible, yet serious illness. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, with nearly 1 person dying every hour as a direct result of an eating disorder. Also, more than 30 million people in the U.S. will suffer from an eating disorder; 10 million of those individuals are men. I, personally have been affected by this illness and have come close to death twice as I didn’t feel like I was beautiful nor believed in myself. I almost let this illness win, but with my platform, “Staying Hope•Full,” I am fighting with so many others who are fighting back to combat eating disorders and mental illnesses. I have shared my story with the local news and am in the process of writing my own book about my personal experiences and how to help others that may be struggling. It is so healing to be able to share my story and have personally helped four young girls around my area that were struggling with this illness to seek and find a treatment center for help. I am proud to say that I am recovered and am achieving the goals I set for myself that I never thought I would achieve. But, I am “Staying Hope•Full” and am working to help others to believe in themselves again and to never give up hope! There is so much more to live for than food to be overpowering your life! If you or someone you know needs help, I am always here or you can always call the National Eating Disorder Awareness Hotline at 1-800-931-2237. You are beautiful just the way you are!

Mardi Gras!

If you aren’t from the South, you probably are unaware of the month long celebration which is Mardi Gras! This is such a fun time full of merriment and community. I would definitely say this is one of my favorite Southern traditions. Mardi Gras brings together all types of people from every walk of life. There really is nothing better than going to a parade and being surrounded by people that are all celebrating the same event. For those of you that have not experienced such a thing, I really encourage you to come to the South one February and experience this great time!

Breaking Stigmas

Hello Everyone! My name is Amy Gentry, and I am your Miss Alaska American Coronet 2020. A fun fact about me, is that I am an NCAA devision 1 collegiate athlete at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I am on the rifle team, which is a surprise for most people. I have been shooting competitively for eight years. One of my goals is to educate others about my sport, and to break the negative stigmas associated with gun violence. I want to show others that guns can be used to teach discipline, goal setting, dedication, and most importantly that guns can be used in a safe and positive way. Competitive shooting has shaped me into the woman I am today. I have had the opportunity to compete at a national level and shoot alongside olympic gold medalists at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Shooting is something I will always be passionate about. Last year I spent over 40 community service hours helping the youth shooting teams on my free time. I wish to move into coaching athletes after I retire from the sport, and to help aspiring athletes to be the best they can be.

-Miss Alaska American Coronet 2020