Mardi Gras de la Louisiane 

Julia Claire Williams
Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen 2015
2016 Grand Marshal Children's Parade

Recent Updates:
Julia won preliminary fitness and talent at MLOT 2015.
She was the Academic winner at MLOT
and she also won the national award for CMNH fund raising at
the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant by
raising over $15,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Julia Claire Williams
Grand Marshal of the Children's Parade

Name: Julia Claire Williams
Title: Miss Louisiana's Outstanding Teen
Hometown: Kinder, Louisiana
Education: Kinder High School
Kinder Middle School
George Rogers Clark Elementary School
Platform Issue: Helping Heal Hearts of the Handicapped
Scholastic/Career Ambition: Medical Doctor Degree Physician specializing in pediatrics
Talent: Lyrical Dance: “Ain’t That Good News” by Jodie Manross

Scholastic Honors: Perfect 4.0 Average – 1st Grade through Present; District Literary Rally – 1st Place/Physical Science and 1st Place/Biology I; Perfect 800 score—English IIIEOC; Allen Parish Student of the Year; “Perfection” Award – 500 score on LEAP Math and LEAP English; Voted “Most Likely to Succeed” of my class, 2 years.

Leadership Roles: Sophomore Group Leader/St. Philip Neri Catholic Youth Organization; Kinder High School Student Tutors Mentor; Kinder High School Cheerleader; Kinder High School Anti-Bullying Committee; Interact Club - Nursing Home Committee; selected as Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference Ambassador.

Accomplishments: Senior District Beta Convention – 1st Place/Special Talent; Regional Class 2A Track Qualifier –800m Run; Louisiana State Champion Intermediate Swine Showman; National Cheerleaders Association AllAmerican Cheerleader, 3 years; 4-time National Solo Dance Champion; model for Varsity Spirit Fashion Catalog.

Interesting Facts: I have a cracked L5 Vertebrae, but I can still run, jump, and dance; member of Allen Parish State Livestock Judging Team and have even judged chickens; grew up in Western Kentucky; interviewed for the television show, Dance Moms.

Marketing Plan: Using the contacts from associations I have made across the country with my dancing, I will “hit the ground running” to promote the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program and my platform. “Helping Heal Hearts of the Handicapped” goes hand in hand with our work supporting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. I plan to visit hospitals and employ social media to create awareness and appeal to the hearts of Americans across the nation to donate both their time volunteering and financial support to help improve the lives and futures of underprivileged, disabled children.

Legacy: As Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen and hopefully Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, I would want to be remembered as an exemplary role model for young girls, who selflessly raised awareness and funding for handicapped children from lower income backgrounds. I want to be remembered as someone that truly made a difference in the lives of others by “Helping Heal Hearts of the Handicapped.”

Why I should be Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2015: Becoming Miss America has been my dream since I was a very little girl. By earning the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, I would gain valuable experience that would help me compete in the “Miss” competition in the future. More importantly, I am extremely passionate about my platform - helping underprivileged children with disabilities. My work ethic, my commitment to my platform, and my future plans to continue promoting my platform and the Children's Miracle Network through my career make me the best choice for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015.

Helping Heal Hearts of the Handicapped
Selecting my platform was a very personal choice for me. My platform, “Helping Heal Hearts of the Handicapped,” focuses specifically on helping underprivileged children with disabilities. I attended a public elementary school with a 60 percent minority student population, leading me to interact with a very diverse group of students. One childhood experience as a second grader changed my life forever, Roller skating during physical education class, a group of students decided to target a mentally handicapped child named Freddy. Thinking it funny, they tied together the laces of Freddy’s skates. When he got up to skate, he fell straight to the ground and an eruption of laughter followed. I was absolutely horrified! From that day forward, I was inspired to stand up for and improve the lives of those who are unable to defend or help themselves due to their mental and/or physical handicaps.

Through firsthand experience, I have witnessed children from all socio-economic backgrounds struggle with the difficulties that accompany their disabilities. It has been especially painful to see those children who come from lower income families try to cope with and overcome their disabilities since they lack the monetary support they need. I would like to visit facilities across the nation that help treat and support children with disabilities who come from lower income families, or those families without access to the best medical help and treatment. I plan to create awareness through social media campaigns and support fundraising opportunities for these families while getting to know them on a personal level. As Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen, and especially as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, I will use the partnership between the Miss America Organization and the Children’s Miracle Network (“CMN”) by visiting as many of these hospitals as possible as an ambassador of hope for these children and encouraging donors across the nation to “put [their] money where the MIRACLES are” by supporting the CMN.

I currently raise awareness for my platform in my school and throughout Louisiana by volunteering at our local CMN hospital, Christus St. Patrick, and at Southwest Louisiana Special Olympics events. This opportunity is very special to me because the handicapped students from my school and I attend the events together. This year I was honored to be a torch bearer in the Special Olympics torch relay and to speak at the recognition ceremony! Also, working as a volunteer at the Dragon Boat Races in Lake Charles, my community came together and raised $120,000 for CMN hospitals!

Coinciding with my career ambition, I dream of one day starting a camp for less fortunate children with disabilities whom I meet through my pediatrics practice. I want to give these children a summer program where they can gain the independence, responsibility, and selfconfidence that they need to lead more fulfilling and happy lives. Maintaining personal contact with these children, I would encourage them to reach or exceed their potential despite their economic and physical/mental handicaps. As one can see, promoting my platform will not cease with my relinquishing of the crown as either Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen or as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen — helping heal hearts of the handicapped is my platform for life!


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