Though ending with different results, both were able to take in the unique environment without suffering from nerves.
“I was more excited than anything,” Graham said. “I knew I was going to go out there and have fun and do my best. Being in New York City was the best thing about it all for me. I have never been here before, so it was just a new experience. Getting to see the big city was awesome.”
Even minutes before her event began, Darsney was enjoying the surroundings along with her friends and family.
“She came down with her mom and her best friend and was relaxed, loose and having a good time,” Colbert said. “They make the kids feel like they’re something special. There was a huge crowd and it was really loud and she took it all in. The result wasn’t what she hoped for but she’s happy she made it down here.”