• (On her work with Buzz Free Prom) The organization’s mission is to take alcohol out of the prom equation. You get teenagers, kids in high school, to sign a pledge that they won’t drink on prom night. They all get together and make this pact.”
  • (On dealing with her brother’s death) I went through four years of high school without ever feeling it. I never showed my emotions, ever. My parents kept asking me if I wanted to go to therapy, but dancing was my life and I just did that.”
  • (on her DAYS audition) I bombed the rehearsal. I couldn’t remember one line for the life of me. Nerves just got to me and Mary Beth Evans was very comforting. I went into my dressing room and had a nervous breakdown because I was overwhelmed. I had just gotten there the day before, hadn’t slept in two days. I went back out for the screen test and nailed it.”
  • (on winning Miss Teen USA) It was like winning the lottery. Everybody dreams of it, but nobody ever thinks it can happen to them!”
  • “Every time we’d go eat somewhere, my friends would be like, “She’s Miss Teen USA. We should probably get 50 percent off or something.” I would turn beet red.”
  • “I was the fastest typist in my school, and I had an obsession with spelling and memorizing.”
  • “I was the happiest in English class, and algebra was where I cried.”
  • “I was a good student, but I was the biggest procrastinator.”
  • “I worked at a local country club that I never belonged to. I did random tasks in the pro shop and supposed to be in charge of the register, but that didn’t go so well. They quickly realized I was better with people, not computers.”