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Miss Poulsbo 2011 Natasha Tucker - Courtesy
Miss Poulsbo 2011 Natasha Tucker
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My dream of being Miss Poulsbo started in 2002, helping backstage. The titleholders had so much poise and grace. I knew these ladies on and off stage; even through tears and nerves, they shined so bright. I knew one day I wanted to leave a legacy as well.

In the last two years I have realized three dreams: I received my cosmetology licenses, was crowned Miss Poulsbo and received scholarships to continue my educational pursuits.

The first year I ran, I was awarded $2,200 in scholarships for first runner-up, Miss Congeniality and from Olympic College. The second year, I was awarded $39,000 in scholarships for Miss Poulsbo, Miss Congeniality, Most Tickets Sold, Director’s Choice, Best in Interview, People’s Choice and from Everest Community College — totaling more than $41,200 in scholarships. I thank God for these opportunities.

My journey wouldn’t have been possible without my wonderful family.

Starting with Nickyle, 10. In his eyes I don’t give up, which provides strength as I continue to work toward my dreams.

My sister Natalia,12. She is wide-eyed with admiration. I make the choices I do because of her. She is beautiful and deserves the best role model. Nicholas has stayed with me through blood, sweat and tears, encouraging me and being the rod in my spine.

My daddy, the gray hair I give that poor man. He just hugs me and helps me to believe things will be OK; he can fix anything but the crack of dawn. My Momma, this woman is the flame under me. She has molded me, picked out outfits, picked up the pieces every time I’ve fallen apart. She’s been my biggest fan; my best friend. I would not be here today if not for her. Thank you.

Papa and Grandma, I appreciate your unwavering love and belief. It is very much appreciated. I love you, famiglia.

The Little Sisters I had are incredible. My first year, I was blessed with two, Becca Amos and Kylie Woodrum. This year was Kylee Brooks. I would like to recognize and appreciate my sponsors through my journey,  enabling both my platforms, “Personal Safety Awareness” and “Inner Beauty, Outer Confidence.” My sponsors were Central Market of Poulsbo, Nicole and Kevin Guggenmos, Los Cabos, my family and Dr. William Bauer. Thank you all so very much.

As Miss Poulsbo, I have pride in and respect for the people that make the community: Mayor Becky Erickson, Councilman Ed Stern, Glen Anderson, Poulsbo Lions Club and Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce; wonderful lifelong mentors and friends, Adele Heinrich, Tom Taylor, Sandi and John Hunter, Marlene Mitchell, Pam Whitt, and Dave Ellingson, my Corvette driver.

The judges that chose me for this opportunity, Rob Gelder, Donna Strep, Mary Garguile, Wendy Rohrbacher and Katie Hardiman. My dry cleaner, Zahra Hixon. Sean and Dionne Joseph.

North Kitsap Herald, Bremerton Sun and Central Kitsap Reporter, I appreciate your publicity and kind words. Eric and Sheri Bockelie, my salon family and clients — for understanding and supporting my crazy schedule, to all of you, thank you for your support.

The Board of Directors that made our 211 appearances possible, Bruce and Lynda Nilsen, Michelle Rider, Lori McClanahan, Gisele Griffiths, Jeanna and Doug Halvorson, Erika Scott, and Amy Stadshaug.

The other 2011 titleholders, Brittney Rusinski for being a realist and always being able to get a smile out of me, and Hannah Wood for dreaming with me and realizing in any direction life is full of possibilities. Holly for her ready to go attitude, Aaron for putting all the videos together and your comedic relief.

And lastly, Michele. You are so full of energy. You always offer great advice and encouragement. I learned something new from you every time. I am honored to be your Miss Poulsbo 2011. We made wonderful memories. Thank you for making my year possible and a building block for successes in my life.


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