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I had a lot of confidence in Caitlin Brunell’s chances at Miss America’s Oustanding Teen when I judged her to win Miss Virginia’s Oustanding Teen. She didn’t let us down! Last Friday she returned to Northern Virginia for a Homecoming Celebration at the Sheridan National hotel. Crowned Queens from parts of Virginia, DC, and Maryland (old and new!) came to give a hug, a smile, and warmest congratulations.
Caitlin’s father, Mark Brunell, also greeted guests and gave an inspirational speech about how pageantry can change the lives of young women and help their poise, grace, and confidence. Turns out Caitlin’s mom is a “pageant girl,” too!
I had the best time reconnecting with members of the Boards of the Miss Virginia and Miss Maryland pageants, seeing familiar faces, and beaming with pride for Caitlin’s outstanding accomplishment.