Hometown:
Kennewick, Washington                                             

Education: University of  Washington  (UW). Southridge High School (SHS)

Platform Issue: Embrace Change, Turning Disabilities into Abilities

Scholastic/Career Ambition: Obtain Communication Degree   

Talent: Tap Dance 

Scholastic Honors: 4.0 GPA; National Honor Society; Principal’s List; Top Scholastic Scholarship Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen; Chosen for Washington State University Mathematics Workshop; SHS Science Student of Month; SHS Math Student of Month 

Leadership Roles: UW Spirit Dance team Member, Alpha Phi Sorority Preference Day Chairman, Roots Bible Study Group, SHS Buddy Club Student Leader; Ignite Leader; Life Skills Classroom Assistant; ASB Representative; Organizer and Originator of Buddy Club Talent Show; Guest Speaker at 20 local schools (2800+ students to date); Natural Helper; Choreographer; Organizer and Originator of “Breakfast with a Princess” benefitting Children’s Miracle Network; Guest Speaker:  Kiwanis, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce; Over 250 appearances across the state as a Miss America Titleholder; Boys & Girls Club Volunteer; Special Olympics group organizer; Polar Plunge group organizer; Convoy of Hope Volunteer; International Club; Miss Tri Cities Outstanding Teen 2013

Accomplishments: Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen (MWAOT) Teens In Action Winner 2016; Top 10 Solo & Platinum Dance Awards; Summer Camp leader for Partners & Pals; Chosen as 2015-2016 Tri-Cities Youth Volunteer of the Year;Met with Senator Sharon Brown and spoke to the Republican Caucus at the Capitol about my platform; Developed “Reagan’s Challenge”; Spotlight Dance National Champion; SHS dance team member; Marimba Band Member; Volunteer at Union Gospel Mission; Chosen for Professional Tap Company; South Hills Church member; American Heart Association volunteer;  Red Cross CPR Certified; Participant in 15 Benefit Walks; 1stRunner-Up MWAOT 2016; Top Talent Winner MWAOT 2014 and 2016. 

 

Interesting facts: Crowned my twin sister; Made it to the Golden Round/Academy on Season 15 So You Think You Can Dance: Attended 7 Broadway Shows in 4 days; Attended 4 Miss Americas, Met Arthur Duncan   

 

How has the world you come from shaped your dreams and aspirations?  I am fortunate to come from a world of love, support, hard work, dedication and drive. My parents are divorced and they both have encouraged and supported my aspirations and cultivated me to work hard to achieve them. My environment is not one of monetary wealth, but instead of appreciation for what I do have. I work through disappointments and setback to reach my goals. Growth as a human being comes from personal challenges and hard moments.  I have come to the realization that I can, have and will work through difficulties. 

 

Of all the ways you could succeed in your life, why have you chosen to succeed in the Miss America Pageant?  It is the largest provider of scholarships for women and I yearn to attend college without the heavy burden of debt. I value education and I associate it with success. This program empowers young women and instills confidence in every individual who participates. There is no other program where I can successfully network to vigorously promote my platform. 

 

What social issue, other than your platform, will have the greatest impact on your generation and why? 

The prevailing need for instant gratification has and will continue to hinder my generation. Hard work and patience are tested when our needs can be so quickly met by a few clicks of a computer keyboard.