Princess 2018 Newsletter

Dear Southwest Friends and Family,

My name is Makenna Kate O’Donoghue and I am nine years old.   I am finishing up third grade at EP Clarke Elementary School in St Joseph, Michigan.  My parents are Mark and Kim O’Donoghue. I have one sister, Kennedy, she is three years old.   I am so excited to have been crowned Southwest Michigan’s Princess for 2018!  I think the Southwest program is so great because they teach young girls like myself the confidence and leadership skills that are necessary to become future leaders. 

I was crowned just four short weeks ago, but it’s been so much fun ever since!  I’ve attended the day of press, which included going live on the radio, which was so exciting! I met so many people that day, all of whom were very congratulatory and welcoming.  I also attended the 19th Annual Rainbow Golf Outing.  Unfortunately, it was a cold and rainy day, but it was a lot of fun selling 50/50 raffle tickets.  I have also attended two Board meetings in the last four weeks.  In addition, Frederic was kind enough to curl my hair for my official photo.   I can’t wait until I have my business cards and professional photo cards, I’ve been practicing my signature! 

The platform that I have chosen is helping homeless animals.  I love animals and feel saddened that so many, especially where I live, are homeless.  I’m planning to work with our marketing volunteers to develop community service projects that will enable me to raise funds and supplies for homeless animals in our community.

I look forward to attending many local events where I can represent the community of Southwest Michigan as their Southwest Michigan’s Princess 2018!  I know this next year will be the most special and memorable year for me yet.  I also know that it will go by very fast, so I intend to enjoy every minute of it!

In conclusion, I am very honored to have been chosen as the Southwest Michigan’s Princess 2018.  I have many people to thank who helped my get here.  In addition to my family and friends, I also want to thank all the numerous volunteers who help make this pageant possible.  I must give an extra special thanks to Frederic, who has already taught me so much in the few short months I’ve known him.  Again, it’s an honor to have been selected as Southwest Michigan’s Princess 2018, I commit to representing the community and the Southwest Michigan Scholarship Program very well.

Thank you!

Makenna Kate O’Donoghue
Southwest Michigan’s Princess 2018