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PERSONAL OPINION

Whats your " Stop The War and Violence" Social Platform Camaign ?

Name:  Amanda Bertholf

State:   Maryland

Ages:  29

Education/Occupation: Amanda is an Associate Account Executive at POLITICO Pro in Rosslyn, Virginia. Before joining the Business team at Politico, she was an Operations Specialist at The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C. Amanda was trained at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she earned her B.A. in International and Global Studies with a disciplinary specialization in Film and Media Culture and a regional specialization in European Studies. In addition to her training at Middlebury, Amanda studied Film and Media Education at the University of Florence in Italy. 

Hobbies: Amanda has been busy helping her brothers raise their newborn daughters, Emma Wren (9 months) and Nya James (5 months). Amanda also enjoys training her epilepsy-alert dogs, Aria and Theodore, miniature Aussiedoodles.  

Ambitions: Amanda is writing an inspirational children’s book about her adoption story. 

 

INTRODUCTION

In her first competition, Amanda placed in the top ten at the 2021 Miss Maryland USA State Pageant in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to also placing in the top ten the following year, Amanda was voted the “most photogenic” contestant by the panel of judges at the 2022 State Pageant. Even though she is relatively new to the pageant world, Amanda has already developed life-changing and long-lasting friendships with contestants and queens across the country, beautiful and brilliant women with whom she continues to make common cause. If Amanda is lucky enough to take home this crown, she will use her Miss Grand USA platform to lead and inspire other women and girls to pursue their dreams within and beyond the pageant world. 

In his 1967 Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, the famous civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. issued a vital clarion call to the world in words worth quoting: “It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the positive affirmation of peace.” Of course, King’s philosophy of nonviolence continues to inspire the political and ethical commitments of those of us working to make the world a better and more just place. The nonviolent world King imagined for his own children is also the future world that I hope for my two little nieces, Emma and Nya. 

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