Hannah Harkness Testimonial 

“It takes courage to travel to places you have never been before, to test your limits, and to break through barriers.” 

As a twelve year-old girl I wouldn’t have believed it if someone told me that in five years I would  be crowned Miss Orem 2011. It is amazing to look back on my life and see how dramatically it has transformed, from the toddler who was so socially awkward that she could never stand in front of people without feeling terror, to the teenager who was insecure about how she looked and dreaded to imagine what others thought of her. I stand before you today confident in who I am; knowing the goals I want to accomplish, and feeling certain that I can accomplish them. 

Being a part of the Miss America Organization has been an amazing journey of self- discovering and development, as well as a journey of friendship and service. Throughout my life I have always had big dreams and I have learned that when you have courage and let go of your fears, anything is possible. Of course I know I would not be standing here today if it wasn’t for the amazing support of my family and dear friends.  

 Mom and Dad, thank you for always being right by my side, supporting me through every up and down. I know I can always count on you. Aunt Alex, you are my biggest cheerleader! Thank you for championing my every cause. Grace and Esther, you are my best friends. Even though sparkles, heels, and make-up might not be your cup of tea, thank you for always cheering me on. 

Captain Kirk and Queen Jacqueline, I feel honored to have such thoughtful and caring friends. You make the journey exciting. Karen, I wouldn’t be standing on this stage today, if you hadn’t encouraged me to run for Miss Orem. You epitomize service, grace, and sophistication. Kim, you are the most dedicated director. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to work with you this year. Naomi and Dawn, I never could’ve imagined more perfect hostesses for me! Thanks to the Miss Orem Committee members for all of your hard work; this night wouldn’t be possible without you. 

Heartfelt thanks to the City of Orem for your tremendous support of the Miss Orem pageant and program. And finally, a BIG THANK YOU to the hundred others who have helped me in countless ways. I sincerely appreciate each one of you!

I will never forget this amazing year and everyone who has helped me to live my dreams!


Hannah Harkness

Miss Orem 2011