By Future Brown
Herald Democrat

Jalyn Adams is more than just an area resident. She is a mother. She is a pediatric nurse working with special needs children. She is a lover of traveling, and she is also Miss Grayson County.

Adams, born and raised in Sherman, graduated from high school in 2013. She became a licensed vocational nurse after studying in Gainesville, and a year and a half ago, Adams became a registered nurse following coursework at Grayson College.

And if that was not enough, in just one month, Adams will be competing in the Miss Texas for America Strong pageant in Corsicana with the hopes of taking home the crown and having the opportunity to compete in the Miss America for America Strong pageant in Las Vegas later this year.

“This is my second time doing a pageant,” she said this week. “Both times have been kind of a last-minute thing. Last year was my first time. I did not have pageant preparation. I did not know what to expect whatsoever. I went into the pageant completely overwhelmed. Literally, the former Miss Texas and Mrs. Texas and everyone was trying to help me.”

She ended up winning first runner up.

“After that it was so overwhelming and it took so much, I said to myself, ‘I am not doing this again,’ she said.

Even though the first year was overwhelming, Adams said the experience was monumental.

“It was such an amazing experience,” she said. “It was uplifting. It was women empowering otherer women. I left that weekend feeling so refreshed. My confidence was on another level. It was truly amazing.”

So when Adams got the call just two weeks ago that there was an open spot for this year’s competition, she jumped in feet first.

“So, the director of the pageant reached out to me two weeks ago saying someone dropped out,” she said. “So, I was like, “I guess it’s time for me to get started again.” This time, I have some coaches lined up. I am working on sponsors. I am working on a few more sponsors. It would really help me out so that I can get everything I need for the pageant since I have such a short amount of time.”

Adams will be learned the number of women she will be competing against soon when the pageant hosts its first contest on social media. This contest is expected to take place within the next week.

“There is a Miss category and a Mrs. category,” she said. “Usually about a month before the pageant, they do a Facebook like contest. They post all of the contestant’s pictures for each category. That is really when I see who I am going against. People have to like the contest page and like the picture of the contestant they want to win, and that counts as a vote.”

During the competition, Adams will be competing in several categories including interview, fitness and evening gown.

“The first day is the prelims,” she said. “That will be Friday. We run through everything and that will be the first time the judges see you. The next morning, we do the interview. That is 50 percent of the score. Later that night, the top five will be announced at finals. Then we will go in and run through the swimsuit and all of those things. We also have a stage question before the winner is announced.”

Adams favorite part of the pageant is not actually a part of the competition. She was surprised to learn how much of a sisterhood the experience is.

“My favorite part of the process was going and meeting the women and hearing their stories,” she said. “Like I said, I left so empowered last year. That was my favorite part. I love how they came together to help me and support me knowing I did not know that I was stepping into. It was phenomenal.”

As for her platform, Adams said there are several aspects of herself that she would like to share with the world.

“There are so many things I want to represent and advocate for,” she said. “I am a pediatric nurse and I work with special needs children. That is where most of my nursing experience has come from. I want to continue to be an advocate for special needs children.

“I was a teen mom. I had my first daughter at 18 years old. Despite adversity, I went on and I have been very successful in my life. I have had resources to help me get that far. I also want to me an advocate for others.”

The Miss Texas for America Strong pageant will be livestreamed. For more information, scan the QR code next to this story.

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