|FC Queen enjoying creating 4-H awareness|
Mikaela Click represented Floyd County in last month’s Miss Indiana pageant in Indianapolis. While it’s an experience she will never forget, she also knew going in the odds were stacked against her.
“I know going in that I had not prepared enough to win,” Click said. “I was totally OK with that. I met so many wonderful girls and made a lot of new friends and got a lot of new instagram followers. Just meeting all of them was a fun way to end Christmas break.
“There is a lot of preparation that goes into it. There is a three minute interview and a stage walk and I knew two of the girls had competed in Miss America and I knew they were more prepared than I was.”
Miss Vanerburgh County Tate Fritchley won the contest and Click said she was beyond happy for her.
“When they called her name I cried,” Click said. “She is charming and funny and adorable and I think she will do a great job as Miss Indiana.”
Click didn’t have time to think about the pageant. Once it ended she headed from Indianapolis back to Bloomington for the second semester as a freshman at IU.
Click is majoring in psychology.
“I’ve always been interested in helping people and figuring people out and how they work,” she said.
When she graduates from college Click plans to join the Peace Corp for two years.
“After that I’d like to come back and get my masters or PHD and then either go into therapy or the business field as an HR (human resources) person,” Click said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Click’s first pageant experience happened in the summer of 2014 after her junior year at Floyd Central. She entered after one of her friends encouraged her to do it.
In that pageant she finished second.
In the summer of 2015, Click said it was her sister McKenna, who encouraged her to try again.
“She told me, ‘You have a gorgeous dress and a great personality, just go out there and do it. Even if you don’t win, you will be able to say that you got to do it!,’” Click said.
Click entered and won! She said when she heard the announcer call her name two words came to mind – “Oh No!”
“I wondered what I had gotten myself into,” she said. “I had no idea what a queen does or how to act. I didn’t know if I had the wardrobe for it.”
With the help of the Floyd County Pageant director Betsy Wilson, her mom and dad, Sharon and John Click and her sister, she has not only gotten through, but is having a good time.
“It has been a lot more fun than I thought it would be,” Click said. “I really thought it would be a lot more stressful. I have loved going out in the community and I’ve learned a lot. I had no idea we had events like ‘Light up New Albany.’ There have been a lot of parades and I always get a lot of weird stares at the gas station when I am on my way to an event and am wearing my crown.”
The best part of her reign as queen, according to Click, has been being a role model and she loved meeting all the young girls who are excited to meet a princess.
Another part Click has enjoyed is being able to help gain attention for 4-H in Floyd County.
“A lot of people really don’t know what 4-H is,” Click said. “I’ve invited a lot of people to come and be a part. We have so many opportunities for kids and adults. I think 4-H has something for everyone.”
Click will finish out the final months as queen by taking part in speaking engagements at local elementary and high schools.
The focus of those talks, she said, will be getting young people excited about the Floyd County Fair.
Click also hopes to get more young ladies involved in the pageant.
“I am going to tell them to go for it,” she said. “Even if they lose it’s a great experience – they will gain interview skills and public speaking skills because you have to go out and introduce yourself. The pageant is also a networking event, because you will meet so many people. It’s a great experience.”
That ability to communicate, especially with people she don’t know has been Click’s biggest takeaway from the pageant.
“I am a lot better at making small talk,” Click said, “and just talking to people and getting to know them. Before winning I would never have just walked into a group of people and introduced myself. When people see the crown, they want to know the details behind it. I enjoy talking to people and getting to know them more now and I think I have gained a little self-confidence along the way.”
Click said this year’s pageant will provide an even greater opportunity for the participants to get to know one another thanks to a sleepover, which will be attended by all the contestants.
Keep checking back in The Banner Gazette to find out information about this year’s 4-H fair and queen pageant.