A special young lady, who excels at music, gymnastics and academics – and loves to make people smile! – is hoping to land your vote for the People’s Choice Award for the 2017 Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen pageant.
The Tatnall freshman and Greenville resident Skyler Knox was crowned Miss Hockessin Outstanding Teen this past January.
Now competing for the statewide title, the incredibly affable and poised honors student is a classical violinist and pianist, and has a rigorous gymnastics schedule that regularly takes her to local and regional competitions. Skyler’s father is also a pastor, and she thinks growing up in the ministry has helped her focus on reaching her goals.
While judges will decide on Sunday who will be the next Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen, the scholarship for the People’s Choice Award is also substantial and certainly would be an honor to receive.
Town Square Delaware sat down with Skyler to learn a bit more about herself and the reasons she hopes to win! If you would like to cast your vote for Skyler, please vote for Contestant #1 online before midnight on Friday, April 7th using this link: http://www.missde.org/2017-mdeoteen-contestants/
Town Square Delaware What strengths do you think make you the best candidate for Delaware’s Miss Outstanding Teen?
Skyler Knox: One of the nicknames that Delaware was given by Thomas Jefferson was “the Diamond State.” Because diamonds are multi-faceted, I like to approach my interests in that way. I try to be a well rounded student and I have so many things that interest me musically, athletically and academically. And I just love people and I like to make people smile and have fun!
I have worked really hard in school and outside of school, and I also like giving to my community and making an impact.
TSD: That leads to our next question, which concerns the volunteer work you do. Can you tell us about Brave Early Screening for Teens – B.E.S.T.?
Skyler: I was inspired by the lives of family members who have survived breast cancer to start a cancer awareness program for teens.
I call it Brave Early Screening for Teens or B.E.S.T. and it encourages mainly girls but also boys to take care of their bodies to prevent cancer. So I started it in my school and I spread that to teaming up with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.
I gave a speech last year in school about breast cancer prevention, and I have created my own pledge, which is a petition people sign to commit to keeping their bodies healthy, going to the doctors, learning about what feels normal, exercising and getting enough rest. And those are key characteristics of preventing cancer. I was proud that the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition shared my pledge.
I have also competed in a few gymnastics competitions to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The big one is the Pink Gymnastics Invitational, which raises money for Unite for Her, and I competed in the Robert Cone Memorial Classic to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. So far I have raised about $4,000 for breast cancer.
TSD: Tell us about your love for gymnastics and your goals when competing.
Skyler: The sport is very close to my heart. I have been doing it since I was 7, and I practice for hours every day.
I’m so lucky to have accomplished so many things in gymnastics regionally and locally. I am 3rd in the region on bars, and I was the 2016 Level 7 Pennsylvania State Champion. And in 2017 I was so excited to be awarded 1st place for bars, vault and floor for the Level 8 State Championships. I would love to compete at the Level 10 National Championship, and I hope to compete in college.
TSD: There are many ways high achieving students can stretch themselves outside of school. What inspired you to choose the pageant path?
Skyler: It started with my Mom. She was actually Miss Delaware’s National Teenager. She encouraged my older sister Tori to participate as well, and she was successful two years ago ending up as the runner-up for Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen. I saw the way the competition impacted her life — she has developed into an even stronger young lady. So I wanted to try it as well. It is so much fun and better than I thought it was. It is so much more than being a princess, it’s being a role model for other young girls. It’s been such a fun time.
TSD: Which areas have been the most challenging throughout the pageant competition?
Skyler: All of the sections of the pageant have posed different challenges. But I think the one that takes the most preparation is the interview. It’s the firs time judges see you, and it’s one on one. It’s just an 8 to 10 minute interview, and they ask you about yourself, politics and Delaware. But it takes a lot of preparation because you want to go in prepared.
TSD: Any thoughts about your competition and your prospects of winning?
Skyler: It’s definitely very tough and very competitive. These are the best of the best scholarship pageant girls in Delaware. We all have local titles and we are all going for the State title. There are so many characteristics where some of the girls really shine in one area or another. But every vote in the People’s Choice award counts.