O'Fallon Progress

A message from the reigning Miss O’Fallon

Madeleine Henken
Madeleine Henken Chelsea Photography

My entire life, I’ve had the privilege of calling O’Fallon my home. I am fortunate to have grown up in the supportive and positive environment the O’Fallon community embodies. Although our town has expanded over the past 18 years, it continues to be the caring and close-knit community that I am grateful to call my home.

As Miss O’Fallon 2016, I have had the opportunity to be more involved in our community. My love for O’Fallon has grown more over this past year than I could have ever imagined. From the various parades, costume contests, luncheons, and memorial services, our town never ceases to amaze me with its sense of community, service, and friendship. At each event I attended, members of our community always treated myself and others with kindness and respect.

Some events that really made an impact on my year were the O’Fallon Halloween Parade and the Memorial Day service.

After the Halloween parade, I judged a costume contest with Dr. Shelly Severns and Mr. Ed True. It was such a joy seeing everyone from babies to adults dressed in costumes such as Pokémon characters, farmers, and Mario and Luigi. They made our decisions hard, but it was so fun being able to see the community’s enthusiasm and involvement.

On Memorial Day, I led the Pledge of Allegiance at the O’Fallon Veteran’s Monument, where past and present members of the military were honored. It was so moving to see members of the community from all the different parts of our military come together in support and remembrance of those who have served our country in the armed forces. Although, these are only two of the many events I attended all year, these experiences, along with the other events, will remain close to my heart forever.

Thank you so much to the city of O’Fallon, the City Council, the O’Fallon Rotary Club, and the O’Fallon Women’s Club for all your support this year. I really appreciate all the work you do for the citizens of O’Fallon and to maintain a positive community.

It has been an honor to represent my home town this past year as Miss O’Fallon and give back to the community that has given me so much.