2012-07-06 / Neighbors

Resident named state’s outstanding teen

High school senior honored at Miss Maine Scholarship Pageant
By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


Katie Elliott, left, with Miss Maine 2012 Molly Bouchard at the Miss Maine competition on June 16. Elliott, a Scarborough High School senior, was named Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen and will spend the summer serving as a spokesperson for the organization and promoting The Driving Force, a charity she started last fall. (Courtesy photo) Katie Elliott, left, with Miss Maine 2012 Molly Bouchard at the Miss Maine competition on June 16. Elliott, a Scarborough High School senior, was named Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen and will spend the summer serving as a spokesperson for the organization and promoting The Driving Force, a charity she started last fall. (Courtesy photo) Scarborough High School senior Katie Elliott is proving she is an outstanding role model for not only her peers in Scarborough, but for young adults all across Maine.

On June 16, at the Crooker Theater in Brunswick, Elliott, the senior representative on the Scarborough Board of Education, was named Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen 2012 at the Miss Maine Scholarship Pageant.

She was the recipient of the scholastic award and talent award. Elliott was also awarded a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond for winning the title. In August, Elliott will travel to Orlando to represent Maine in the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Elliott said when she won the title she was both excited and humbled.

“It was very exciting, because in a competition like that, it is so subjective. You can feel like you are doing well, but you never know what the judges think. It’s a very nerve-wracking process,” Elliott said last week.

This is the second title for Elliott in the past nine months. Last September, during Miss Maine Day, Elliott was named Miss Teen Maine 2011.

Elliott is relatively new to the pageant circuit. She said she first got interested in pageantry a year ago, when a friend encouraged her to compete. After checking out the Miss Maine competition, Elliott knew it was an opportunity she shouldn’t pass up.

“It is a fabulous scholarship opportunity for young ladies all across Maine. I soon found out it really worked for me and it was something I enjoyed,” Elliott said.

The Miss Maine competition, Elliott explained, is built upon four principles: scholarship, style, success and service. These principles are represented in the four points on the Miss America crown.

To win the Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen, Elliott performed a vocal selection in the talent competition and spoke about her service platform: The Driving Force, a service organization she started last fall to collect items for local charities.

Throughout the school year, Elliott held benefit drives for Lighthouse Shelter in Portland, Children’s Miracle Network, The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, The Center for Grieving Children, Preble Street Soup Kitchen, the Salvation Army and the Ronald McDonald House.

Elliott will spend the summer serving as a spokesperson for the Miss Maine competition and spreading the word about The Driving Force.

“This gives me a strong voice to continue (with The Driving Force),” Elliott said. “My plan is to get other schools involved and have other schools in the area open their own chapters.”

Elliott said she would like to find a “good student leader” in nearby schools to organize classmates and join her efforts in Scarborough. Elliott is holding a bottle drive this month to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Maine.

Those interested in donating can contact Elliott at thedrivingforce@rocketmail.com.

Elliott said the Miss Maine Outstanding Teen competition has not only allowed her to spread the word about her charity, but has allowed her to meet her peers from all across the state.

“I’ve made a lot of great friends. I know people all over the place now. It is a really nice way to win money for scholarships, but beyond that, it’s really allowed me to make lifelong friends who share the same passions as I do.”

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at 282-4337, ext. 237.

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