Manchester, NH – August 17, 2016 – Just days after her crowning as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Allie Nault has a message for our nation’s presidential candidates: “What will you do about the $18 trillion national debt? We are stealing from our future.”
As a New Hampshire native, Nault has met and been photographed with most major presidential candidates visiting her home state since she was a baby. (Her “Rosie the Riveter” pose with Hillary Clinton went viral just last month.) When Nault’s state soon holds the first presidential primary, she will be there as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, advocating for financial responsibility and literacy for the nation’s young people.
“From the increasing costs of higher education, to the heavy financial burden our younger generations are facing, I’m concerned for my generation and those to come,” Nault says. “We are a nation filled with debt and irresponsible spending, but we can turn the tide if we teach financial responsibility to our children and young adults.”
Nault began her own savings by putting her birthday money into a CD at age five. When that didn’t make enough interest, she invested in the stock market. “By the time I go to college, I hope to have $40,000 in savings,” Nault says.
Nault will also have a $25,000 scholarship, which she earned when she was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2016 on August 1st in Orlando. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, MAOTeen has grown to become one of the world’s leading providers of educational scholarships and community service. During Nault’s year of service with the organization, she will continue to represent her “Adopt-A-School” program, which gives children the opportunity to bank once a month at their own schools, reaching more than 4,500 children in partnership with such banking giants as TD Bank and Bank of New England.
“I hope to expand my programs across the country, to encourage saving habits that will continue from childhood to adulthood,” Nault says. She also distributes coin savers to children, encouraging them to save at least $10 a month and deposit it into a savings account.
Nault is an outspoken advocate for responsible credit card use among college students, the value of a community college education, savings strategies for children and financial literacy for parents and children alike.
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About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
One of the nation’s leading achievement programs, 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, MAOTeen 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.