Miss Texas Teen USA
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It has been said that adversity and pressure bring out either the best or the worst in a person. Like the priceless diamond that is produced from carbon under tremendous pressure, Karlie Hay emerged unbowed and determined from her own life’s difficulties – a sparkling and spirited young woman who, on November 29, was crowned Miss Texas Teen USA.
Karlie’s first-hand observations of a close family member inspired her goal to be a national voice about the effects of alcoholism and drug abuse on family members. Her own childhood experiences have engendered great empathy for children growing up in unstable environments and for the families of alcoholics. Were her fondest wish to be granted, every child would grow up in a stable and loving home.
In addition to this heartfelt concern, Karlie’s interests and activities range from cheerleading to community service. A high achiever, the eighteen-year-old senior maintains her position on the school honor roll while participating in numerous extracurricular activities that include varsity cheer captain, yearbook editor, photographer, and membership in Young Life and the Renaissance Program. She also enjoys drawing, fishing, and movies. The Children’s Miracle Network, Susan G Komen, Juvenile Diabetes, Feed the Children, and Best Buddies are among the charitable and service organizations that Karlie supports. One of her most rewarding experiences was sharing the meaning and spirit of Christmas with the families at the Star of Hope.
Karlie treasures her family photo album, because it reminds her of who she is and of all the blessings in her life. Among those blessings are her Aunt Kelly, who loves her like one of her own children, and her brother Joshua, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps.
After graduating from Tomball high school in 2016, the blue-eyed blonde hopes to enroll at Texas A&M University. Her plan beyond college is to become a businesswoman and to continue advocating for those affected by drug and alcohol abuse.
While Karlie’s striking looks will undoubtedly stand out as she represents the Lone Star State at the Miss Teen USA Pageant next summer, her heart, her genuineness, and her “wacky sense of humor” will attract admirers all her life.
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