Kaitlyn Tanner, 16, was named Miss Georgia Teen Volunteer at the Miss Georgia Volunteer pageant last weekend in Atlanta. The pageant is held annually to “empower young women” while providing them with scholarship opportunities in the world of pageantry.
Kaitlyn, adopted by her family at birth, has been an advocate for adoption awareness for several years. Tanner said her adoption as a baby after she was born seven weeks premature was life-changing. “My parents tell me how many things had to fall perfectly into place for our lives to come together. My arrival in this world was about seven weeks early, taking everyone by surprise, and if not for my adoptive family came to my rescue in the middle of the night, who knows where I might be now,” Tanner shared.
The Miss Georgia Teen Volunteer winner has also held numerous fundraisers to help families interested in adoption, spoke to numerous groups during and during Adoption Awareness Month, and created a website where she sells a Puravida wristband to raise funds to help support the cause. She was also instrumental in the city’s decision to designate November 26 as National Adoption Awareness Day.
Kaitlyn’s website highlights the importance of providing families with resources to help children and parents, both biological and adoptive.
Over the past few years, Kaitlyn has competed in “more pageants than she can count,” winning titles such as Miss Peach State Junior Teen, Miss International City’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Hahira Honeybee, and more. As a subject she is passionate about, Kaitlyn qualified for Miss Georgia Teen Volunteer with the Adoption: Building Families platform. The topic is something Kaitlyn said she “can’t wait to represent” in the state with her new title.
For the talent category, Kaitlyn performed Beethoven’s “The Third Movement of Moonlight Sonata” on the piano, another talent she has possessed and pursued since the age of three.
Kaitlyn will begin her first year at Citizens Christian Academy next month and is an active member of the school’s Leo Club, Key Club and Literary Club. She is also on the school’s basketball, tennis and track team.
The competition is held annually by a service-oriented program of an Atlanta nonprofit organization that “seeks to empower young women through education and opportunity.” The pageant is also a scholarship provider for young women in Georgia, with Kaitlyn receiving a $5,000 scholarship for winning the title. Each entrant participated in four preliminary competition phases, including fitness and wellness (25%), talent (25%), evening dress (25%) and an eight-minute interview with the judging panel (25%). In the final scoring of the contest, all contestants compete again in the areas of Fitness and Wellness, Talent, Evening Dress, and Job Readiness (25%).
As Miss Georgia Teen Volunteer 2023, Kaitlyn will also represent Georgia as a Volunteer Spirit Ambassador, serve as spokesperson for the Miss Georgia Volunteer Pageant, and “win through the rich personal experience of meeting and associating many exciting people from Georgia.” In July 2023, Kaitlyn will also represent Georgia State at the 2023 National Pageant in Jackson, Tennessee.
“I’m thrilled to be able to use this title to spread awareness about adoption by growing my adoption platform while representing the great state of Georgia!” Kaitlyn told DouglasNow.
For anyone who would like to learn more about Kaitlyn’s journey on her adoption platform, or would like to purchase a wristband/donate, visit https://optionadoption.wixsite.com/buildingfamilys.