Tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Belfast senior, Jasmine Reed, is holding a plant sale in front of Belfast Variety Store, on High Street, as she tries to make her childhood dream of going to culinary school and becoming a chef a reality.
Reed answered an open call for the Miss Maine Teen USA led her to be chosen out of hundreds of applicants to be a contestant vying for $75,000 worth of scholarship money in November.
“It all happened so fast,” explained Reed, “I applied pretty casually and the next day I received a call then off to Portland for an interview, and now it’s up to me to make it happen.”
Between holding a job and completing her senior year of high school, as well as running bake sales and starting a bottle drive, Reed’s life is hectic, but Saturday she is also having a plant sale.
“I’m just a small-town girl from Waldo County but people are really starting to come forward with support and it’s exciting,” Reed says, “my teacher grew these plant just to help me.”
But Reed will still have to raise almost $2,000 by November for registration fees and the clothing and accessories that she will need to compete at this level.
“I hope people will come by and meet me, buy a plant, oh, and buy a raffle ticket,” Reed laughs, “because I need people to support me, even if it’s just verbally to say ‘good luck’ because I am determined to make my dream of going to culinary school come true.”
Although many of the other Miss Maine Teen contestants have been competing in pageants their entire lives and Reed admits it is scary with no training and little support, but she says her tenacity has always seen her through challenging times.
The Miss Teen Maine pageant taking place on November 26-27 at the Marriot Hotel in Portland, Maine. While there are lots of intangibles, like self-confidence, just for being in the pageant, winning the pageant would send Reed to the Miss Maine Teen USA pageant in the Bahamas with a $45,600 scholarship. The runner’s up gets a $40,000 scholarship and the semi-finalists get a scholarship for $29,600.
Reed is asking the for help from the community support, sponsorships, and small donations. Anyone can contact her or donate at her Go-Fund-Me site, https://www.gofundme.com/28n7hz3c.