Platform Issue: Miracles Through Movement
State: South Carolina
On Saturday, August 18, 2012, Miss South Carolina’s Outstanding Teen 2012, Rachel Wyatt, became the eighth Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. Wyatt won more than $25,000 in college scholarships and the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013.
As I reflect back on my time as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, I cannot help but feel immensely blessed to have had the opportunity to serve in such a capacity. The relationships and connections that developed through meeting people from all across the country, and forming friendships with my fellow teen queens are ones I’ll treasure forever. I also gained a family in the MAOTeen staff and volunteers and am truly grateful for their servant hearts. Not only was I able to obtain lasting relationships, but this tile also allowed me to share my passion for dance both on and off the stage. Probably my favorite part of being Miss America’s Outstanding Teen was getting to entertain and bring joy to an audience by performing wherever I went. I also loved being able to talk with others about my platform, which was also related to dance, called Miracles Through Movement. During my time as MAOTeen, I helped lead a dance therapy class for special needs students and spread Dance Therapy Awareness while raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network.
Now, 2 years later, I am continuing to cultivate many of the passions MAOTeen instilled in me. The scholarship funds awarded through this program enabled me to attend Clemson University where I’m a member of the Rally Cats dance team, on the President’s List, and the Student Affairs Student Advisory Board. I have also enjoyed being the dance chair for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, serving as Miss Clemson 2014 and Miss Tiger Time 2015, and being a buddy to special needs students in the Clemson Life program. My Clemson experience thus far has been nothing short of incredible and I’m looking forward to my next 2 years in God’s Country.
I was recently accepted into Disney’s College Program, which will allow me to work in Orlando while simultaneously receiving my Clemson education. I’m excited to see what the future holds and to see God’s plans for my life unfold, and am thrilled to be living out my dreams in Disney for the next 7 months. Thank you to the MAOTeen organization for motivating me to turn my dreams into goals and to pursue them until they become a reality!