I am Alexandra Quinn and I am so blessed, honored and thrilled to have been crowned your Miss Jr. Teen America 2014. I am so excited to serve and to represent the Miss Teen America system for the coming year.
I am presently a freshman in high school, with dreams of one day attending Harvard medical school and becoming a surgeon working in a third world country. This dream has grown in me over the course of the last three years during five trips to work with medical missions in Haiti. I am an honor student, and student leader of my school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes program and play on the school’s golf team. I am in my 9th year of Girl Scouts and am currently working on my Silver Project. I enjoy traveling, mission work, babysitting, snow skiing, golf, and riding roller coasters.
I have been competing in pageants since I was nine years old, and have learned so much from my experiences. I have gained interview skills, improved public speaking, and the importance of community service. I know that I will utilize these skills for the rest of my life. I truly enjoyed competing in the Miss Jr. Teen America pageant and made many wonderful friends.
My heart and passion is working with children, especially those who are disadvantaged. For the past three years I have been traveling to a very special corner of the world, a little village called Cambry. Cambry is home to a wonderful community of people in Haiti including an orphanage that houses 143 children. I am Student Director of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization named Give Hope Global whose mission it is to support these children as well as those at five other orphanages in Haiti. For the past few years I have been supporting a Haitian orphan named Nickson at a cost of $50 a month. To support him I started my own business baking homemade all-natural organic bread. I sell the bread to families in my community and it makes me feel great because I am helping people eat healthy and supporting my friend Nickson in the process. I also travel to Haiti twice each year, which requires me to raise an additional $4,000 per year through baby sitting, bake sales and various fund raising events.
My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” I cannot wait to see how the Lord uses me this year and I am so grateful for this life changing experience. My plans are to use every opportunity to encourage people to look outside themselves and help improve the odds for those who are starting from a disadvantaged position. Harvard's Dr. Paul Farmer is a personal hero of mine who has spent his life bringing good health to people who would otherwise have not been able to receive care. One of his comments has stuck with me as a lifelong motivator: "the idea that some people matter less than others is a source of great trouble in this world". My hope is that God's plan for me is to be used to help many see that every child is worthy of our help to improve their odds of good health, good education and a good life.
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Miss Jr Teen America 2014