Miss Auburn 2017 Heather Haggin
Education: Green River Community College – Liberal Arts Degree; AMDA Conservatory, Los Angeles, CA- BA in Dance; Kentwood High School, Kent, WA
Platform Issue: Fighting Against Childhood Obesity through Movement and Dance
Scholastic/Career Ambition: To own my own Dance Studio and Continue Teaching and Training our Youth
Talent: Dance – Lyrical
Scholastic Honors: Award for Outstanding Senior – in Family and Consumer Science
Leadership Roles: Youth Ambassador for the City of Kent’s Art Commission; Director of Hip Hop Club at Scenic Hill Elementary, Member of Auburn Noon Lions Club, Choreographer for Orting High School Dance Team
Accomplishments: 1st Runner Up at Miss Auburn 2015, 2nd Runner Up at Miss Auburn/ top talent 2013; Winner “Catch a Rising Star” Talent Contest State Fair 2014; National Hip Hop and Lyrical winner; National Photogenic winner; National Chorographer winner, Entertainer with Radio Disney’s original Entertainment group – RD Frequency.
Interesting Facts: Worked as an entertainer (sang and danced) for Radio Disney, Competed at National Dance competitions in Las Vegas, Disneyland, and Los Angeles; Trained with dance winners/chorographers from “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE”; Won a dance contest where Derek Huff was the judge; I can rap children’s songs; Trained in acting, gymnastics and cheerleading; I like to ride quads, horses and go hiking; also can do a British Accent; I can make the best peanut butter and jelly foot sandwiches.
Employment: Dance instructor at Allegro Performing Arts Academy, Chorographer for Allegro Precision and PURE Competition dance teams since 2013, Taylor Jay’s tanning salon current, Gymnastics coach at My Gym 2014/15; Radio Disney Entertainer
How has the world you come from shaped your dreams and aspirations?
I come from a very loving, strong family. I was adopted and raised by my grandmother who had the intuition to put me in dance at the age of 3. I was raised in the dance world which has shaped my life by giving me focus, time management skills, and hardworking ethics. I have gone through many struggles in my life. My dance family has always been there for me to help me pull through. I have learned to never give up and always keep on trying and improving. I love working with children, I want to continue teaching dance and finding other avenues to help the children in my community.
Of all the ways you could succeed in your life, why have you chosen to succeed in the Miss America Program?
Mentorship. It started at eight years old as a little sister and later as a performer/dancer for the Miss Auburn scholarship pageant. My big sister from the Miss Auburn Pageant has become a true big sister and a part of my family forever. We still celebrate special family occasions together. I want to continue this legacy to be a friend and role model to young girls in our community.
What social issue, other than your platform, will have the greatest impact on your generation and why?
The social issue that will impact my generation the most is gun control. This has been a hot topic the past couple of years especially with the rise in shootings across America especially involving children in schools. With the continued increase in crime and violence in our local community, the right to protect ourselves and our loved ones has become extremely important and will continue to be for many generations to come.
Auburn’s Outstanding Teen 2017 Elizabeth Enz
Name: Elizabeth Enz
Title: Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen
Hometown: Auburn, WA
Education: Auburn Moutainview High School, Rainier Middle School, Terminal Park & Green Gables Elementary
Platform issue: Preparing Americas Youth for a Financially Fit Future
Scholastic/Career Ambition: Obtain Bachelor’s Degree in Business to become a marketing manager
Talent: Contemporary Dance
Scholastic Honors: National Honors Society through 7-8 grade; Placed 3rd at the regional DECA conference, and top five at DECA State; Honor roll through 7-10 grade; various other ‘Outstanding Student’ awards in Elementary; enrolled in Advanced Placement courses
Leadership Roles: Dance teacher’s assistant at Auburn Dance Academy; AMHS DECA Club Vice President of Financial Literacy; Vacation Bible School leader; WEB leader; ‘Big Sister’ on the dance competition team; ‘Big sister’ to little princess program through MAOT
Accomplishments: Numerous dance awards at the local and national awards in solo, trio, and group dances; 3rd place at DECA Area competition earning my way to compete at DECA state, Top 5 at DECA state allowing me to compete in the International DECA competition, Awarded Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen 2017
Interesting Facts: Have been a dancer for twelve years; Have traveled to 33 states; It is my goal to visit all state capital buildings; Both parents are teachers; Avid traveler and want to see the world; Have travelled to Europe; Participated in the Little Sister and Ambassador program for the Miss Auburn Scholarship Program, taught myself to roll my tongue, Danced in a Native American Pow-Wow, A knack for sales
Marketing Plan: My plan for promoting Financial Literacy to the youth in my community is to expand lessons at the elementary, middle school, and high school level. I plan to partner with Boeing Employees Credit Union to bring more advanced lessons about financial literacy to the high schools of Auburn. This spring I plan to meet with the superintendent and the Auburn school board members to talk about the importance of financial literacy in education.
Legacy: By the end of this year I hope people won’t remember me for my past accomplishments, but for the young woman I am becoming from this program. If a person were to have met me three years ago, they would have met two very different girls from who I am today. I want people to remember me for my poise and intelligence that I am gaining through this program and for my love of community service. My legacy will also be for the community service I have done in raising awareness about the importance of financial literacy.
Why I Should be Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen 2017: I would make a good titleholder for the Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen program because I possess strong speaking skills, poise, and the confidence and integrity that a titleholder must have. I have developed a strong sense of community through my church youth group, and understand the importance of being a role model for young women. The DECA program has provided me with useful ways to promote myself and any other organizations in a positive way, along with the ability to speak to anyone I may encounter. I have a strong, fun talent that can fill any stage. On top of all of this, I am very outgoing and I love meeting new people. These are a few reasons I believe I would be a great spokeswoman for the state of Washington.