I really don't understand why that question bothers you (regarding the boyfriend and you winning). When I have judged various pageants with teens in it, that is one of the questions that I love to ask. It shows me the character of the girls and their facial expressions when you ask them a question like that, it says a lot about them as people (you can usually tell if they are trying to just give you an answer to please you because you are the judge or if they are genuinely answering your question). The last pageant that I judged we had a question and answer after the whole pageant was said and done and the girls asked me why I had asked them that question and I explained just what I had above and they all agreed that it was a good question. I had all but one girl answer something to the effect "That their lives were important and if their boyfriend couldn't understand and step back so they could fulfill a part of their lives and be helpful to others and try to make a difference in someones else's life then they probably shouldn't have them as a boyfriend!" Most of the girls agreed with you and so do I!
I feel that we as parents should arm our girls with positive role models and loving, solid convictions and they will end up surpassing all of our goals that we help them set for themselves!
See I have convictions too! When I look at all of these young ladies that I have met at ACP, they sometimes amaze me at their big hearts, and even bigger smiles! I'm proud to be a part of this ACP family!
Good Luck to all of my daughters friends at Florida, we will see you next weekend! Hugs and kisses, Miss Rhonda