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Hannah Mowry Miss Tri-Cities 2017

Hometown: Richland, WA

Education: Central Washington University - Junior

Major: Music Education
Minor: Interdisciplinary Honors

Platform Issue: Music Matters: Advocating for Music and the Arts in Schools.

Scholastic/Career Ambition: Music Teacher / Public School Administrator

Talent: Trumpet / “Rhapsody in Blue ” by George Gershwin, arr. Timofei Dokshizer.

Scholastic Honors: Awarded Official AP Scholar with Honors; CWU Honor Roll; William O. Douglas Honors College student; National Society of Collegiate Scholars member; Trustee’s Tuition Award Recipient for academics 2015-2016; presenter at Symposium Of Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) 2016.

Leadership Roles: CWU Marching Band Trumpet Section Leader 2015; CWU Jazz Education Network (JEN) Club Officer 2015-present; CWU Trumpet Club President 2015-2017; CWU Trumpet Fest Event Coordinator 2015-2017; CWU Marching Band Program Coordinator 2016-present; CWU Women in Jazz Day Committee Chair 2017-2018.

Accomplishments: Tri-Cities Jazz Association Scholarship Recipient 2012, 2014; National Trumpet Competition Semi-Finalist 2015 and 2017; Tom Gnoza Music Scholarship Award Recipient 2015; Guest clinician at regional National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Conference 2017; Jazz Foundation Scholarship Recipient 2017.

Interesting Facts: Showed guinea pigs, rabbits (13 years) and lambs (3 years) in 4-H; mother is first generation immigrant from The Netherlands; soloist in the 2013 Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps; traveled to 7 different countries; jazz music fanatic; love trying new things, meeting new people, and being outdoors.

Employment: Klaustermeyer Farms Inc., June-September 2014-2016; Hanford High School Marching Band coach 2014-present; CWU Marching Band Program Coordinator 2016-present; Mercer Island High School Marching Band coach 2016-present; A.C. Davis High School Jazz 2 coach 2016-present.

How has the world you come from shaped your dreams and aspirations? Much of the person I am today is because of the guidance and investment of my music teachers in school. I have realized that I want to teach and perform music in a way that changes the lives of young people, just as my mentors did. I also have ambitions to one day become a public school administrator who advocates on behalf of music and arts education.

Of all the ways you could succeed in your life, why have you chosen to succeed in the Miss America Program?
What has drawn me to the Miss America Program are the “Four Points of the Crown”: success, service, style and scholarship. The Miss America Organization is all about embracing your femininity while taking steps to further your career and serve your community. The skills you learn as a titleholder are skills relevant to success in life. I choose to succeed in the MAO because it is the best way for me to better myself while helping other people.

What social issue, other than your platform, will have the greatest impact on your generation and why?
The issue most prevalent in my generation is social media. We are living in a time in which the world has never been more interconnected. Social media can be hugely beneficial; it allows for innovation and ideas to be spread and shared instantaneously. However, new technology also creates new obstacles. Cyberbullying, black-market crime and terrorist recruitment are negative byproducts of global social interfaces. In short, social media is powerful. And in the wise words of Uncle Ben, with great power comes great responsibility.