Jessica Baeder

AGE: 17

HOMETOWN: Auburn, Alabama

EDUCATION: Auburn High School

PLATFORM ISSUE: Healthy Food For All

SCHOLASTIC AMBITION: To obtain a medical degree and PhD

SCHOLASTIC HONORS: International Baccalaureate (IB) student; All-A Honor Roll; Golden Eagle Award; German Award I & II; Advanced Debate Team; National Junior Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta; Mathematics Honor Society; National Honor Society; National Technical Honor Society

CAREER AMBITION: To become an orthopedic surgeon and biomedical engineering researcher in the U.S. Army


Jessica’s triumphant walk across the stage was just the beginning of a journey that will take her all over the country during her year of service as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018. She will travel speaking to audiences about her platform “Healthy Food For All” 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. 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute. Jessica was one of those children. As a CMNH success story, she has a unique perspective and the ability to promote with sincerity and compassion the mission of this worthwhile organization along with the triumphs of its miracle children, their parents, and the hospitals’ doctors and staff. CMNH is the national platform partner of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.

Jessica was named the Teens in Action $1,000 scholarship winner for her outstanding work with her personal platform. She has spent over 800 hours of volunteer time dedicated to providing healthy food options for all communities. She has created two innovative programs. Her “Fresh Fruit 4 Kids” campaign makes baskets of fresh fruit at grocery stores available for children to sample for free, promoting healthy snacks. “Jessica’s Pantry” is a food drive initiative created to supplement summer lunch programs for low income children.

Having become a second degree black belt at the age of 9, Jessica combines her Tae Kwon Do skills and philanthropic spirit to teach “Fit for Life” lessons at schools, emphasizing nutrition and fitness. Jessica wants to ensure that everyone has the information and opportunity to make good decisions about their health. She is committed to hands-on service, being a voice for positive change, and creating a nation of healthier children and families.

Along with the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018, Jessica won a $30,000 scholarship towards her college education. For the talent portion of the competition, she performed a jazz en Pointe routine to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Jessica was also named the recipient of the Outstanding Dance Talent Award and the Preliminary Talent Award for her performance, earning an additional $1,000 in scholarships.


I would love to be a part of your special event!!

  • Presentation to youth – small or large groups about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Healthy Food 4 All.
  • Lead participatory activities in dance or Tae Kwon Do – promoting fun ways to exercise!
  • Share information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, spreading the word about this scholarship opportunity for teen girls across the nation. This program emphasizes important life skills – interview and presentation skills, awareness of current issues; development of a community service platform; involved citizenship; and academic achievement.

Please contact Michele Grzegorczyk to schedule an appearance or visit: