Emily Allara, Miss Virginia's Outstanding Teen 2016
Hometown: Salem, Virginia
Education: North Cross School, College Preparatory School
North Cross School (NCS) Advanced Academics Program; Honor roll (2007-Present); Advanced classes in Physics, Pre-Calculus, English, Spanish V; NCS Merit Scholarship (2016); NCS Academic Book Award (2014-2016); Duke University Talent Identification Program selection (2014); 98th percentile national score on 2014 Educational Research Bureau (ERB) tests in “Writing Concepts and Skills,” 97th percentile in "Writing Mechanics," 95 th percentile in “Quantitative Reasoning,” 94 th percentile in “Mathematics 1&2”
Leadership Roles: Creator of "Be Emily's PAL" raising awareness and funding for Food Allergy Research and Education since 2013; Acquired Proclamation from Governor Tim McAuliffe declaring Food Allergy Awareness Week in Virginia (2016); Partnered with bakery to create an allergy friendly cupcake raising funds for FARE (2016); Volunteer tutor/mentor (2016); Mentor to urban middle school student (2016); NCS Middle School President and Student Council Member, Children's Miracle Network fundraiser (2010-2016); NCS Drama Makeup Director (2015, 2016);Captain: NCS soccer team (2015 ) and Junior Varsity basketball team (2014, 2015).
Thirteen year student with Ardell Stone School of Dancing (ASSD) studying advanced ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and tap; ASSD Competition dance team member (2011-present); NCS Varsity basketball (2016); NCS Varsity soccer (2016); Recipient of a $100,000 Hollins University scholarship (2016) and an $18,000 Liberty University Scholarship (2015); Second Runner Up, Miss Virginia Outstanding Teen (2015); Overall talent winner and First Runner Up, Miss Virginia Outstanding Preteen (2013); Published Essay, "Just Be You" (Celebrating What is Important to Me, Fall 2013); Semi-finalist West Coast Dance and Tremaine Dance Conventions (2012-2016); NCS chorus member (2007-2016).
Interesting Facts: Spent three months in a body cast; Grandfather helped discover Garth Brooks; I receive my Christmas presents through a scavenger hunt; I like to do impersonations; I can beat-box; Father played in the US Senior Golf Open; I took the College SAT at age 12.
Marketing Plan: As Miss America's Outstanding Teen, I will address the importance of a quality education for girls throughout the United States. I will network with middle and high school guidance departments and provide information about scholarships available through our MAOT program. I will set up "Meet and Greet" opportunities for students and make them aware of the $100,000 scholarship to Hollins University I was awarded through the MAOT program. I will also visit younger girls in elementary schools to encourage participation in the Miss America Princess and Teens in Training Programs and help them understand the incredible opportunities I have had through my participation in the program.
Legacy: I will be remembered as the well rounded, intelligent, athletic, talented titleholder who has demonstrated why this organization is full of opportunities for young women. I will have helped change the perception of pageants by explaining that being a titleholder in this organization is about scholarship, talent, service, and confidence. As Miss America's Outstanding Teen, I will share my brother Lucas's story and help make schools and restaurants safer and more conscious of the very serious issue of food allergies.
Why should I be Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2017: I live each day with the goal in mind of always being a positive role model and setting a good example for my peers. As a six year local titleholder for the Miss America Organization, I have learned the importance of being prepared and doing my best. As a nine year Honor Student I have maintained focus on my academics while being active in my community by promoting my platform, "Be Emily's PAL.
Talent: Contemporary Dance to the "Mission Impossible" theme song
Platform Issue: Be Emily's PAL (Protect a Life Against Food Allergies.