Hi Everyone!

September 5th, 2014

9/4/2014

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Hi everyone! This is my first official post on my new Blog and I am so excited to start off this new year! First I have to say I am honored and humbled to be your new Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Olivia McMillan. I never imagined that I would have this incredible opportunity. As a girl who always struggled with weight and emotional eating, I never believed that winning pageants was in my future. I had a distinct picture in my head that the ideal pageant girl was perfection… everything that I wasn’t as a 5’10” statuesque, biracial girl.
I came to realize that the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization was exactly what I needed. An organization that promotes bright, kind and well-rounded girls, who are healthy and fit for their own specific body types. At the beginning of my local MAOT pageant journey, there were those who told me I was too fat to compete in a state pageant. I was 16 years old at the time, and that really messed with my head. I stepped back, took an honest look at myself and realized that I wasn’t living a healthy lifestyle. I decided to make a huge change for myself, not for anyone else, just for ME! Through healthy eating and exercise, I lost 50 pounds over the course of the year and achieved a healthy weight that felt right for me. Perfect or not, I was blessed to win my state pageant in Georgia, and then I went on to become Miss America’s Outstanding Teen!
This year, I hope to inspire girls to be their best selves and to love themselves and embrace who they are unapologetically! I want to help young girls learn that it is okay to just be themselves, whether they are a size 2 or a size 20! It is important to be healthy, and I hope that as I blog my fitness journey over this year, I can help to inspire others to seek more healthy lifestyles. I want people to know that they can accomplish any goal, even when they face adversity.
I am adopted and biracial, and my adoptive brother has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and bipolar disorder. While we are fortunate to have such a caring family, you can imagine that challenges do arise! Through my blog, I’ll be sharing some of them and how my family and I push through together. I am also proud to help others through my platform, The Sibling Support Project and my role as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador of Children for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I’ll share more soon!
Thank you for joining me on this journey. I hope girls will relate to my story and work hard to reach their dreams, no matter what obstacles are put in their path. I am thankful for all of the wonderful support from the MAOT organization. I look forward to an amazing year! Thank you!
- Olivia

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015

August 3rd, 2014

Orlando, Florida – August 2, 2014 – Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Olivia McMillan was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 tonight at the Linda Chapin Theater in Orlando.

 

Olivia’s triumphant walk across the stage was just the beginning of a journey that will take her all of the country during her year of service as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015.  She will travel speaking to audiences about her platform “The Sibling Support Project” and acting as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals.  CMNH is the national platform partner of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.

Olivia is a 17-year-old student at Northside High School.  She is the daughter of Greg and Tracy McMillan and resides in Centerville, Georgia.

Along with the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015, Olivia won a $25,000 scholarship provided by the Harris Rosen Foundation and Neutraderm towards her college education.  For the talent portion of the competition, Olivia sang “Nessun Dorma.”

The first runner-up was Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen, Lexie Perry who earned a $10,000 scholarship. Her talent performance was fiddle and her personal platform is “Hear Me Out.”

 

Second runner-up honors and a $7,500 scholarship were awarded to Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen, Morgan Green.  Her talent was a vocal and her personal platform is “Literacy: Pathway to Prosperity.”

 

Third runner-up and the winner of a $5,000 scholarship was Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen, Casey Shepard. Her talent was a Ballet en Pointe and her personal platform is “E.N.D.D. Embracing Not Defining Disabilities.”

 

The fourth runner-up and recipient of a $2,500 scholarship was Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen, Morgan Holen. Her talent was a lyrical dance and her platform is “Random Acts of Kindness.”

 

Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen, Raghen Lucy, and Miss Virgin Island’s Outstanding Teen, Cereyna Bougouneau, were the winners of America’s Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America’s Outstanding Teen contestant.  The announcement was made at the beginning of the show and they became the 1st and 2nd Semi-Finalists to compete in the finale.


The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and made available more than $18 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance to our 2014 national contestants.  The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization encourages positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth.  MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives.  The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has a long standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  Through this partnership, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has raised nearly $100,000 this year to help improve the lives of children across the country.


Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.