Scholastic/Career Ambition: Receive a BA in Communications to pursue a career in Tourism Management
Scholastic Honors: Presidential Award (2008), National Honor Society (2009-2016), Received a Superior Rating at Solo and Ensemble Contest from 2011-2014, Most Outstanding Newcomer in Drama Club (2012-2013)
Leadership Roles: Drama Club Public Relations Officer (2012-2013), Drama Club Secretary (2015-2016), Choir Executive Board Public Relations Officer (2015-2016)
Accomplishments: First Runner Up in Miss Auburn's Outstanding Teen Program (2012), Sang National Anthem at various community events such as The Sarcoma Foundation fundraiser and the Republican 30th District Legislative Meeting, Initiated into the International Thespian Society
Interesting Facts: I am in the “I Ate a Bug Club”, I was born with a hole in my heart, I adore the Canadian National Anthem, my family owns over 100 different board games, I am related to Kevin Richardson (member of Backstreet Boys), I had visited 3 foreign countries before I was 10 years old
How has the world you come from shaped your dreams and aspirations? I was born into a very loving family. Both of my parents were there for me every step of the way, supporting me in anything I tried, whether it be ballet, gymnastics, or theater. That sort of support from my parents helped shape me into the driven young woman I have become. I grew up singing alongside my mom and performing onstage alongside my father. I believe that without their love and encouragement, I would not have become the person I am today.
Of all the ways you could succeed in your life, why have you chosen to succeed in the Miss America Pageant? I have been involved in the Miss America program since I was in third grade, being a Little Sister for the Miss Auburn Scholarship Program. I looked up to all of the women who competed. Now, I strive to become someone a young girl, such as my Little Sister, could look up to and aspire to be. The Miss America Program teaches young women very important life skills, such as resume preparation and formal interview skills which will be useful for any future career aspirations. The program also encourages community involvement which I believe is an outlet for young people to share their opinions and gain an appreciation for our wonderful democratic government.
What social issue, other than your platform, will have the greatest impact on your generation and why? I believe that, other than my platform, the social issue with the greatest impact on my generation will be the issue of marriage and the changing definitions of that institution. The legalization of gay marriage has radically altered the course of American law and politics. Our moral code in this country has drastically changed within the past fifty years and young people, such as myself, are going to have to decide what we believe to be right and wrong regarding the institution of marriage.