Platform Issue: Seeing Beyond Disabilities
On Saturday, August 17, 2013, Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen, Leah Sykes was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2014 in the Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
This historic crowning moment marked her first steps on a journey that will take her across the country promoting scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, community involvement and healthy living for our nation’s youth.
She will travel the country speaking to audiences about her platform “Seeing Beyond Disabilities” and acting as the teen ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 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, is the national platform of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.
Leah is a homeschooled student from Jacksonville, FL. Along with the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2014, Leah won a $25,000 scholarship subsidized by the Rosen Centre Hotel to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Leah performed a Vocal to “Someone Like You” by Adele. She has competed in the Junior Olympics and has her own foundation that strives to provide equal opportunities for disabled children and teens.
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) 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.