Isabella Waggoner, 15-year-old daughter of Bruce and Jenny Waggoner, and student at Ramsey High School, was crowned the Class of 22 Miss Southern Illinois Outstanding Teen in the local Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant held at John A. Logan College in Carterville on Saturday, Dec. 11.
In June she will compete for the title of Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen which will be held in Marion, hoping for the chance to punch her ticket to Orlando, FL for the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant.
Her Social Impact Initiative is called, “As the Page Turns.” Her goal is to put lending libraries in more rural underserved communities so that every adult and child may have access to books. There are a staggering 61 percent of low income households that don’t have a single book in them.
Isabella emphasizes the mind is the one thing no one can take away and the more you read the more adventures and places you can go, from being a pirate to being Robin Hood all with in the safety and security of your home.
During the pageant Bella competed in Interviews, Fitness, Talent, Evening Gown and on stage pop question about her Social Impact Initiative. For talent she performed “How Far I’ll Go” from the movie Moana on the violin.
At right, Isabella Waggoner of Ramsey performs “How Far I’ll Go” during the talent competition portion of the Miss Southern Illinois Outstanding Teen pagent held Dec. 11 at Carterville.