"I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it"   -Estee Lauder

I can not wait to begin my reign as your 2016 Miss Teen America.  Like a dream come true, I began with a goal, set my practice schedule and achieved my objective through hard work and dedication. I am honored to be crowned with this title and will strive to be a role model for young women.

I am currently busy preparing for my first year at Texas A&M as a Pre-Med Biology major. Go Aggies!  I was very active in high school participating in many programs such as Health Occupations Students of America, Varsity Mixed Show Choir and National Honor’s Society. I was also founder and President of the English Honor Society at our high school. I hope to carry this ambition to college and join the many groups and organizations Texas A&M has to offer.

As Miss Teen America, I am looking forward to the many experiences that have been planned for me throughout the year.  However, I am most excited to be able to share my platform - Helping Teens with Special Needs.

I have a natural love for children, but children with Special Needs have a special place in my heart. Every year I am privileged to help with the Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant. I love being a buddy to a contestant and cheering for them on stage during their moment in the spotlight. So many wonderful adventures lie ahead of me; I simply cannot wait.

Thank you to the Miss Teen America organization for this opportunity. I am truly blessed to have a title that brings together so many of my hobbies such as fashion, modeling, pageantry and philanthropy all under one crown. It’s going to be an astounding year! Follow my journey on Facebook at Miss Teen America 2016 - Megan Whittaker, Instagram at MissTeenAmerica2016, and the "Follow the Crown" blog.

Thank you and be sure to sign up for Miss Teen America 2017 for an experience of a lifetime!