News Channel 8 hosted five beauty queens Friday, giving the girls a tour of our Downtown Tampa station.
Albert Owens, the Bucs superfan known as Bucified Bert, gave the reigning beauty queens a tour of our station. Owens is a longtime employee of WFLA.
One of the pageant winners asked Bucified Bert if she and her fellow queens could tour News Channel 8 with their moms. Bucified Bert agreed and gave each of the visitors a rose.
“Well this is amazing. I have always wanted to tour a studio and I finally get to do it today, and it’s so amazing, especially here with all these pageant girls I have grown up with, and the studio is amazing,” 16-year-old Keisha Abelgas said. Keisha is the reigning Miss Florida High School America.
Lindsay Shurley, 16, is the Teen Miss Lake County Fair.
“I think it’s awesome because I get to go back and tell my friends at school that I got to tour News Channel 8 and I can’t wait to tell some things they don’t know,” Lindsay said.
Bucified Bert lost his mother more than 10 years ago so it’s important to him to make sure the five queens and everyone he comes in contact with treat their mothers like royalty. So while sitting on the TV set and taking selfies, the five ladies talked about what Mother’s Day and their moms mean to them.
“My mom, there are too many words to describe her. I just wish that one day I can become half the woman, the wife and the lady that she is. She is so amazing. She works two jobs so she can give us everything we need and want, and I’m so thankful God gave me her,” 16-year-old Keisha Abelgas, Miss Florida High School America, said.
“One thing I would say to my mom is, ‘Thank you so much for bringing me here.’ I am so excited. She takes me here and there and she’s always supporting me so thank you, mom,” 14-year-old Simona Rivero said. Simona is Miss Jr. Teen United States Of America.
“My mom has a disorder and she inspires me to accomplish so much. Even though I have Tourette syndrome and epilepsy I have accomplished every day goals, and she has been my inspiration every day,” said 19-year-old Edna Butterfield, Miss Teen Elite USA and Elite USA Grand Champion.
“Me and my mom are like best friends, and no one could ever split us apart. If I ask her to do something she will do it and I will do the same for her,” Lindsay Shurley added.
“My mom means the absolute world to me. She is my superhero and really the woman I strive to be each and every day. My mom has sacrificed so much. She is a full-time nurse and she works 12 hours a day and because of that I am here right now. I just want her to know that I appreciate her so much and without her I wouldn’t be here,” said 19-year-old Michaela Abelgas, who is National American Miss Florida Teen.
“I decided to bring my mother and my queens’ mothers because we are here to celebrate them and all they are doing,” Simona said.
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