Miss Illinois, twenty-three-year-old Megan Ervin of Rushville,was named Wednesday night’s preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness. She competed in a black bikini with metallic embellishments designed by Catalina swimsuits. As the swimsuit award winner, Megan will receive a $1,000 scholarship from pageant sponsor, Amway. This is the second swimsuit award for Megan, who also earned the preliminary award for Lifestyle & Fitness at the 2012 Miss Illinois Pageant.
After being crowned Miss Illinois 2012 on June 30, 2012 at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center in Marion, Illinois, Megan has been spending her year of service touring the state of Illinois speaking at schools about CHARACTER COUNTS!, appearing at a variety of community and charitable events, as well as serving as Illinois’ goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network, the official platform of the Miss America Organization.
A talented vocalist and dancer, Ervin performed an contemporary jazz dance to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” at the state pageant and is available to sing the National Anthem at appearances throughout the year.
A graduate of Western Illinois University, Ervin earned her bachelor of science in exercise science with a minor in dance in May. She hopes to someday obtain a masters in exercise physiology and someday own her own fitness and dance studio.
Ervin has also been promoting her personal service platform “CHARACTER COUNTS!: The Heptathlon of Healthy Habits,” approach to character education based on seven pillars of healthy living, which is reaching millions of youth. These pillars include fitness, nutrition, distracted driving, recycling, community service, spirituality, and reading and education. A grant from State Farm will help Ervin promote the distracted driving pillar.
CHARACTER COUNTS! is based on basic values called The Six Pillars of Character:
Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends and country
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements
Do what you are supposed to do • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your choices
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment
CHARACTER COUNTS! is embraced by thousands of schools, communities, public agencies and nonprofit organizations for a simple reason – it works. These groups receive support and development from a national office, which offers training programs, free e-newsletters, resources and free consultation. It is nonprofit, not religious or political, although it is used by both secular and faith-based groups, and supported by public officials of both major parties. CHARACTER COUNTS! is not a curriculum or add-on, but a powerful means to advance curricular and behavioral goals.
Miss Illinois’ CHARACTER COUNTS! presentations typically last between 35-45 minutes (30-35 minute presentation and 5-10 minutes for Q&A with the students) and they can be tailored to fit your school’s bell schedule. Miss Illinois 2012 Megan Ervin will be promoting CHARACTER COUNTS! during her year of service.
For more details about booking a CHARACTER COUNTS! assembly for the 2012-2013 school year with Miss Illinois, contact KL Roberston-Daly, Booking Manager via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-337-0766.
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