It's going to be an exciting year and it's only just begun for Miss Arizona 2015 Madison Esteves and Miss Arizona's Outstanding Teen 2015 Jessica Gradillas.
After both were crowned Saturday night at the Mesa Arts Center, they spent Sunday in a series of local media interviews to kick off their year of service that will include more competition on a national stage. But these ladies are ready.
"First day on the job, we're already working as hard as we can," said Esteves.
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Esteves competed as Miss Queen Creek, performing a jazz dance for the talent competition. Her platform is support for disabilities. Gradillas competed as Miss Grand Canyon's Outstanding Teen, singing and playing guitar. Her platform is expanding "Best Buddies."
"It's a lot of preparation," said Gradillas about the months leading up to the pageant. "We practice our walking and in evening gown. We practice our talent. We do mock interviews. So, a lot of prep goes into our pageants."
But it's all worth it in that crowning moment.
"You're waiting for your name," said Esteves. "You're freaking out. You're shaking and then you hear your name and it's unreal. You really don't remember anything at all."
For the next couples of months, these young women will be balancing their schedules to reflect appearances and speaking engagements in local communities, while also preparing to compete on a national stage.
These national pageants provide both of them the opportunity to win more scholarship money, in addition to the thousands each has won as new titleholders for the Miss Arizona Organization.
"It is a scholarship pageant," said Gradillas who hopes to someday attend Vanderbilt. "So this is helping me further my education."