II Corinthians 12:9 captures a belief I have found to be applicable in all areas of my life. As a student, athlete, advocate, violinist and role model for young women, I have realized that my success in each of these areas was due to the many challenges I faced along the way. In fact, many of the challenges brought me to feelings of hopelessness and insufficiency. However, those times of humility were opportunities for God to demonstrate His power. As you explore my website, I hope you will see how God has demonstrated the impact of servant leadership and how our weakness opens doors to strength.
Christ was not always my personal savior. I was born already sinful and in rebellion against Him. My family has attended the same church since I was born, and although I listened to the Gospel and had a concept of God, I had no personal relationship with Him. I learned about God with an academic perspective. I could recognize verses, but they were the “popular” ones. They weren’t the ones that challenged my lifestyle or thoughts. They were verses that had been picked and chosen for when I needed them.
I will admit, I am not a consistent blogger. Halfway through my year as Miss Minnesota, I realized I was posting the same things on my social media accounts, and the redundancy of posting updates yet again on my website seemed unnecessary. For those of you who follow my blog posts, I apologize, but hope that you were able to keep up with me via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant website.
Autism Speaks and the DisAbility Awareness Network at 3M
On Thursday, I visited 3M as Autism Speaks Community Ambassador with Sadie Miller, Senior Coordinator of Field Development at Autism Speaks, and Joe Timmons and Sheri Stronach from the University of Minnesota. Together, we presented at 3M’s Lunch and Learn, hosted by the DisAbility Awareness Network. (more…)
Rebecca’s Miss Minnesota Farewell Slideshow
Click here to view Rebecca’s farewell presented at the 2014 Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant. Kudos to Vicki Plaster Kueppers, Miss Minnesota 1983 for producing it. Congratulations to Savannah Cole our new Miss Minnesota 2014!
National Alpha Xi Delta sorority highlights Rebecca’s year in their publication, The Quill
Click here and go to pages 23-25 to read about Rebecca’s year as Miss Minnesota and her platform work on behalf of Autism Speaks.
Lakes Area Women’s Expo
Rebecca Yeh performs “Banjo and Fiddle” and speaks at the Lakes Area Women’s Expo at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN on Saturday, February 22, 2014. At 4:21 of the video (click here), she speaks about “Discovering your Self Worth in a Performance Driven Society.”
Rebecca speaks and performs at “The Big Event”
Click here for video of Rebecca who speaks and performs at the Brainerd Public School Foundation’s “The Big Event” at Cragun’s Resort. Over $40,000 was raised to enhance achievement in academics, activities, arts and athletics. Rebecca, a 2011 graduate was joined by 1995 graduate, Jessica Miles, KSTP-TV mid-day anchor who emceed.
Rebecca and Karyn Utecht at Mall of America
Rebecca is top 5 at Miss America; Preliminary talent winner;
12,000 contestants, 1200 locals, 53 state competitions and Rebecca finishes 5th among many outstanding young women. (Below-Kelsey Griswold, preliminary swimsuit winner; Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013; Rebecca, preliminary talent winner;)
Click here to view Rebecca’s memorable response to Lance Bass’ On-stage Question on national TV.
Click here for Minnesota Monthly recap with photos courtesy Sarah Morreim.
Click here to read USA Today recap.
Click here for KSTP Twin Cities Live.
Click here for KARE 11 Sunrise.
Click here for Rebecca’s official Miss America Pageant press conference.