Listen to this post
Alyssa Mae Magalong of Security/Colorado Springs, a college student and vice-president of student government at CNCC in Rangely, represented Colorado at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., this past New Year’s Eve. She was a 2012 graduate of Mesa Ridge High School. She was selected based on her academic achievements, community activities and her all-around status as an outstanding individual. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is the seventh oldest bowl game in America and was founded on the principles of freedom, patriotism and liberty. Alyssa and other queens from around the country were honored during the patriotic pre-game ceremonies where they were escorted to the field by Air National Guardsmen. They participated in the half-time extravaganza when The Temptations performed. The queens represented the white in the red, white and blue patriotic theme. The queens were also part of the parade down historic Beale Street in front of a packed crowd of Liberty Bowl fans. They visited the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where they had the privilege of hearing speakers/representatives from St. Jude. According to Alyssa, “It’s a beautiful and inspirational place with such warm-hearted people.” It was definitely a once in a lifetime memorable experience for Alyssa.