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Alabama’s Jessica Baeder crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
- Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018: Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen, Jessica Baeder
- 1st runner-up : Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Annie Swan
- 2nd runner-up: Maryland’s Outstanding Teen, Chloe Wildman
- 3rd runner-up: Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen, Stephanie Wendt
- 4th runner-up: Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen, Katie Preston
Jessica Baeder, 17, won the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Saturday in Orlando, Fla. The Auburn High School senior was previously crowned Miss Smiths Station Outstanding Teen and Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen.
Jessica is a member of the National Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society at Auburn High School, where she has a 4.2 GPA. She plans become an orthopedic surgeon.
2018 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Platforms
- Stephanie Wendt, Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen – “#SpreadTheSmile”
- Katie Preston, Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen – “Suffering in Silence: The Invisible Illness”
- Jessica Baeder, Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen – “Healthy Food for All”
- Annie Swan, Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen – “Raise a Voice for ALS”
- Chloe Wildman, Maryland’s Outstanding Teen – “Youth Coping with Anxiety: Your Story Isn’t Over Yet”
- “America’s Choice” Winner: Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen, Emily Schumacher
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.
More about Jessica Baeder
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