Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2012
To inspire and encourage youth, communities, and organizations to embrace the basics of loving, caring, and sharing to improve the quality of the live's of children in crisis, and encourage involvement in volunteer organizations that dedicate time and funds to children facing mental, emotional, and physical crisis.
I found my passion for this cause at the age of 10, when I asked my parents to help me sponsor a 12 year old child living in poverty in India named Paulin. Through letter correspondence,she helped me realize how my time and contributions provided the gift of hope in her life. Paulin touched my heart, and I still keep her picture on my bulletin board in my room to this day. From that experience stemmed a passion for a cause, and I organized and implemented my very first toy drive for kids in need while in the 4th grade. A vast number of critical issues face children today. My 7 year mission is based on my belief that young people, communities, and organizations can have a significant impact on the lives of children in crisis.... serving as volunteers, positive role models, mentors, or simply as good listeners and friends.