Platform: S.E.R.V.E: Students Everywhere Recognizing Volunteer Efforts
On August 20, 2011, Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Elizabeth Fechtel, became the seventh Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. Beginning as Miss Orlando’s Outstanding Teen in January, Fechtel won more than $30,000 in college scholarships and the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2012.
Currently a 17-year-old senior at First Academy High School in her hometown of Leesburg, Florida, Elizabeth is an AP Honor student. She is involved with many clubs, and proud to be the Treasurer of National Honors Society and President of the Student Body.
As well as being recognized with her competitive dance company for multiple top scoring national awards, she has also received numerous honors as a jazz soloist. She trained for 10 years with the Shooting Stars School of Performing Arts of Clermont, Florida.
The title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2012 provides Elizabeth with a nationwide vehicle to promote her platform, S.E.R.V.E: Students Everywhere Recognizing Volunteer Efforts. Her mission is to highlight exemplary youth volunteers and, most of all, encourage others to discover the benefits of volunteering. She believes that once one realizes the impact they can have on their community, they will not only touch the lives of others, but also obtain an exceptional level of personal growth. Through her own local T.V. show and by speaking to youth across the nation, she concludes her program is a way to promote self esteem, meet local needs, and strengthen communities. Elizabeth also spends her time promoting MAOTeen’s national platform, the Children’s Miracle Network by working closely with the organization through fundraising events.
Elizabeth loves spending time in the outdoors. One of her favorite activities is kayaking Florida’s many rivers and lakes with her sister. She also is an avid scuba diver and enjoys spending time in the Florida Keys and Bahamas boating and fishing with her family.
She hopes to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications with a minor in Spanish. Elizabeth’s career goals include becoming a broadcaster for a major network and establishing a performing arts school in an underprivileged country.
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is the “little sister” organization of the Miss America Scholarship Organization. This not-for-profit program has made available more than $4 million in college scholarships nationally to young women from 13 to 17 years of age. For more information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2012, Elizabeth Fechtel, please go to www.maoteen.org.