Miss Georgia's Teen 2023
Charlie is a 17 year old from LaGrange, Georgia. She is a senior at Springwood School and plans to major in broadcast journalism in college because of her passion for interviews and public speaking. She is the state SGA President for her school system and the President of Springwood’s SGA. She also serves as Historian of the LaGrange Youth Council. She believes in the importance of youth leadership, because the teens of today are the leaders of tomorrow.
Her Community Service Initiative is Healthy Moms, Strong Babies. She works with the March of Dimes to fight against a maternal and infant health crisis in the U.S. She has been volunteering with the March of Dimes since birth, as her mother has been a woman’s healthcare nurse for over 25 years. However, it wasn’t until she met a baby named Walker, born at 25 weeks, weighing 1 pound and 3 ounces that she realized the magnitude of this organization. He is a survivor because of the March of Dimes and became the 2017 March of Dimes Ambassador Baby. His story gave her a deeper love for this organization and inspired her to take a step up and do more for moms and babies. Since then, she’s raised over $4,000 for the March of Dimes, been a March of Dimes team captain for the last 5 years, created signature project fundraisers, and created a nationally recognized social media campaign called March of Dimes Mondays. She will to continue working with this organization on the state and national level because every mom deserves to be healthy and every baby deserves to be born strong.
In 2021, Charlie created a ministry called Be a Light, focused on Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world- like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” The older she gets, the more darkness she sees in the world, and the more driven she is to bring light into that. She believes everyone has been made on purpose and with purpose, containing a capacity to bring light into the world by simply being who God made them to be. With this, she has a podcast with listeners from 12 countries, a “Donuts and Devos” Bible Study, leads worship, and speaks on Be a Light to churches and schools. She is eager to shine the light of Christ as Miss Georgia’s Teen.
Charlie was a Miss Georgia Princess when she was 11, and has been competing in the Miss America Organization since age 13, and in august of 2022, she won the title of Miss Cobb County’s Teen. At Miss Georgia in June, she received 2 preliminary awards in talent and evening gown, the overall interview award, the overall onstage question award, tied for the overall evening gown award, and walked away with the title of Miss Georgia’s Teen. She will compete at Miss America’s Teen this year.
Aside from competition and serving her community, Charlie has been singing and performing since the age of 5, and invests her time into vocal training. She and her sister are a country vocal duo, and enjoy songwriting. She is the captain of her school’s varsity soccer team and a track runner. She is one of 6 children, and prioritizes her family. As her grandfather always says, “Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.”