Frankford girl eager to embark on Miss Teen Delaware reign

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Taite Daisey shows her hometown spirit during the Miss Delaware U.S.A. pageant held last November. Recently, the 18-year-old from Frankford was selected Miss Teen Delaware United States 2016.

FRANKFORD – Taite Daisey always had a desire to hit the pageant circuit.

Last November the 18-year-old from Frankford made her debut as a Miss Delaware U.S.A contestant.

“I did all right. I was the youngest one there so it was a little intimidating,” said Ms. Daisey.  “But it was a lot of fun.”

It proved to be a springboard.

About a month ago Taite Daisey was selected Miss Teen Delaware United States 2016.

“But I wasn’t allowed to actually announce it until a couple days ago,” said Ms. Daisey in a Feb. 17 interview.

Ms. Daisey is a 2015 Indian River High School graduate. She is a freshman at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where she is in the Applied Health Science field with a concentration in pre-med.

Born in Guatemala, Ms. Daisey became the adopted daughter of Robert and the late Marla Daisey when she was five months old. She finally arrived in America with her mom almost two years later.

“My wife and I had tried to have children for quite a while and were never successful,” said Mr. Daisey. “So we went through an international adoption. We went to Guatemala.

It was a long process. And my wife actually spent 22 months in Guatemala during the process. But it all worked out and we were able to come home with a beautiful child.”

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“My family has always been from Dagsboro/Frankford,” said Ms. Daisey. “We moved to Frankford when I was 2 ½ years old.”

As Miss Teen Delaware United States, Ms. Daisey hopes to promote healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition. She also plans to stress upon students the importance of education.

“I hope to make a lot of appearances. I really want the chance to go to Nemours and A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital. I am really passionate about medicine. I hope to make a lot of appearances with anything to do with that,” said Ms. Daisey. “I also hope to visit schools throughout Delaware, especially the elementary schools and middle schools. Education is very, very important.”

She has a special message for young people.

“Probably the most important thing is: Don’t be afraid to try hard things. Even if you have a big goal, don’t be afraid to try to pursue that because you never know what will happen,” Ms. Daisey said.

After Messiah, medical school is in her future plans.

“I’m kind of undecided about what I want to do, but right now I really like plastic surgery or sports medicine,” Ms. Daisey said.

She also plans on volunteering with the American Cancer Society, helping with Relay for Life and spreading awareness of ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is the disease that claimed the life of her mom, Marla Banks Daisey on Jan. 16 of this year.

“Ovarian cancer isn’t really talked about as much as other cancers so I hope to bring some more publicity to ovarian cancer awareness,” Ms. Daisey said.

Mr. Daisey said the loss of Taite’s mom is “part of her driving force” in considering medical school  “But she has talked about medicine for quite a while,” he said.

At Indian River High School Ms. Daisey was a standout student/athlete. She excelled in cross country and track and field. She has continued her cross country career at Messiah College.

The Miss Teen Delaware Teen United States event featured a resume-based selection process, unlike the traditional pageant format. She was notified by email she had been selected.

“I was in shock,” she said. “I did not believe it at first.”

As Delaware’s honoree Ms. Daisey will compete in a national event this summer, possibly in Las Vegas.

Ms. Daisey said she entered her first pageant on a whim.

“It was just kind of a spur-of-the-moment decision,” she said. “It is something I have always wanted to do but I’ve never actually had the time to do it. Being in college, I didn’t really have any more time but I thought about it and said, ‘I might as well. I have nothing to lose.’”

She relishes the role model role.

“With any title, you have the position of being a role model. It is a big honor to have this,” said Ms. Daisey, adding she will really have to “think about my actions and how it would affect other people and how people would look at that.”

Mr. Daisey chuckles a bit in saying as parents they never envisioned their little adopted girl would grow up to be a pageant contestant.

“Naturally, the thought wasn’t to be in beauty pageants, of course. But that’s not a bad thing,” said Mr. Daisey, co-owner of Delaware Appliance in Frankford. “We just wanted to give somebody an opportunity from an area that was probably not going to be something that she would have otherwise. My wife and I, we were from a pretty well-rounded situation and we were going to do the same with Taite. And that was to raise her to be a well-rounded child with a Christian background and hope that she would blossom the way she has. That has been our bonus. Taite is a true blessing. There is no question about it.”

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