Atlantic City, NJ (November 7, 2017) – Miss America 2018 Cara Mund returned home to North Dakota for a weekend-long celebration hosted by the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization. Cara’s homecoming events began on Thursday in Williston, North Dakota, where she attended a welcome reception with state delegates, friends, and family.
On Friday, Cara visited Bakkan Elementary where she spoke before taking photos with students and staff. Later, she attended a luncheon with her former Miss North Dakota sisters. That evening, Cara returned to Bakkan Elementary for the coronation of Lizzie Jensen, Miss North Dakota 2017. The celebration continued at the Phil Jackson Fieldhouse where Cara had the honor of introducing a group of Make-A-Wish kids and helping to grant a new wish!
On Saturday, Cara returned to her hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota. She first appeared and spoke at the Bismarck Event Center before attending the Miss America Ball held at the University of Mary.
Cara will continue her year of service traveling the country to advocate for her personal platform, A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, while also supporting the Miss America Organization’s national platform partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Miss America Organization would like to thank the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization and State Executive Director Kathy Jones for their continued support and for all of their efforts in planning and hosting an incredible weekend of events for Miss America 2018 Cara Mund!
Helping Increase Awareness of Childhood Hunger and Offer More Afterschool Meals to Young People
TAMPA, FLORIDA, OCTOBER 11, 2017 – Building on her platform “Healthy Food For All,” MAOTeen 2018, Jessica Baeder, has been named Youth Ambassador for the Get Healthy Talladega County afterschool and summer meals initiative. Jessica has recorded commercials and PSAs that are part of a video series for CHAMPS (Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs). These videos will be shown in elementary schools to support the “Seed to Plate” and “Choose My Plate” and aim to provide education about the importance of choosing healthy foods and staying fit. They also include information about gardening, identifying fruits and vegetables and gardening tools.
“Too many children face a hunger gap between school lunch and the next school day’s breakfast,” said Baeder. “The Afterschool Meal Program provides nutritious meals alongside enrichment activities in a safe and supervised environment and helps combat childhood hunger. I am proud to be an Ambassador.”
Jessica will have the opportunity to travel all across the country and talk with students about this topic. 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.
“It is important that children have the nutrition they need to grow up healthy, happy and prepared to succeed,” Baeder continued. . “I want to thank all the partners working together to increase access to this vital program: CHAMPS; Ending Childhood Hunger Alabama; the City of Sylacauga; the Alabama State Department of Education; FRAC (Food Research and Action Center); Get Healthy Talladega County Network; the Sylacauga City Schools and the FBLA and Journalism chapters at Sylacauga High School; the Talladega City Schools; Talladega County Schools; Alabama Food Solutions and the sponsoring agency, the SAFE Family Services Center.”
TAMPA, Florida, September 7, 2017 – Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) 2018, Jessica Baeder, along with dozens of MAOTeen State Representatives, will visit the Southern Branch of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Egg Harbor Township on Friday, September 8, 2017.
“Hunger is closer than you think,” said Baeder. She continued, “Children and adults face hunger in every community across the country. Your neighbor, child’s classmate or even coworker may be struggling to get enough to eat.”
Jessica 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 national of healthier children and families.
By spending time at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey during September, tapped “Hunger Action Month™” by the Feeding America® network, Jessica hopes to continue to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. “I look forward to going to volunteer at the FoodBank. Seeing how grateful the clients are at the amount of food the MAOTeen Organization will provide for them is going to be so awesome!”
Jessica’s challenge to you? Spend a little time this month looking for volunteer opportunities in your area. Grab your family, grab some friends and head out to do a little good for others.
We encourage you to take action and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors struggling with hunger. Share your service on social media using the following:
FACEBOOK: Food gives people the energy they need to take on the day. You can help the 1 in 8 people who struggle with hunger. Join us and @Feeding America #HungerActionMonth @MAOTeen #MAOTeen
TWITTER: Food gives you energy to take on the day. Help the 1 in 8 people facing hunger. #HungerActionMonth @FeedingAmerica @MAOTeen #MAOTeen
Orlando, FL, July 30, 2017 — Jessica Baeder was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 on Saturday, July 29 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. Baeder is the embodiment of MAOTeen’s mission to be the nation’s leading program for scholastic achievement, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth.
With Miss America Savvy Shields looking on, Baeder accepted the crown and a thirty thousand dollar scholarship toward her college education provided by The Harris Rosen Foundation and the Orlando Scholarship Foundation, Inc. The 17-year old resides in Auburn, Alabama. Speaking to audiences about her platform, “Healthy Food For All,” Miss America’s Outstanding Teen will also act 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.
“The MAOTeen organization is always impressed by the leadership skills as well as academic and community achievements of these inspiring young women,” said Steve Frocchi, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Vice President of Marketing and Development. “Jessica flourished in this group of extremely hard-working and talented students.”
Jessica is a member of the National Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society at Auburn High School, maintaining a 4.2 GPA. She plans to utilize her scholarships won to pursue her scholastic ambition of obtaining her MD and become an orthopedic surgeon.
The first runner-up was Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Annie Swan, who earned a $10,000scholarship with her personal platform, Raise a Voice for ALS.”
Second runner-up honors and a $7,500 scholarship were awarded to Maryland’s Outstanding Teen, Chloe Wildman, with her personal platform, “Suffering in Silence: The Invisible Illness.”
Third runner-up and the winner of a $5,000 scholarship was Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen, Stephanie Wendt. Her personal platform is “#SpeadTheSmile.”
The winner of a $2,000 scholarship and fourth runner-up was Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen, Katie Preston. Her platform is “Youth Coping with Anxiety; Your Story Isn’t Over Yet.”
Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen, Emily Schumacher, was the winner of America’s Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America’s Outstanding Teen contestant and guarantee them a spot as a semi-finalist and a $1,000 scholarship. She became the 11th Semi-Finalist to compete in the finale.
About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs. The MAOTeen 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 across the country. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, MAOTeen contestants raise over $300,000 annually to help improve the lives of CMNH children and families. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.