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WHEELING – Miss West Virginia’s Outstanding Teen – Civita Hooper – is due to compete in the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant in Texas this month.
Hooper, 16, is the daughter of Timothy and Stacy Hooper of Colliers. She will be a first at Wheeling Park High School this fall.
Donna Newman, executive director of Miss West Virginia Outstanding Teen, said the Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant will be held August 10-12 in Dallas, Texas. The competition has four phases, including a private interview, talent, evening wear and stage question, and lifestyle and fitness.
“They’re looking for teenagers who demonstrate leadership qualities, who are role models for girls her age,” Newman said.
She noted that the teenager who wins the grand prize, which includes a $30,000 scholarship, will also be an ambassador for the organization.
Newman said a going away party was held last weekend for Hooper in Wheeling. The gathering was an opportunity for friends and family who cannot make it to Texas to wish him well and celebrate.
Hooper’s social impact initiative is “Make Your Corner of the World a Better Place”. This encourages volunteerism within her community, she said.
“Because no matter how small these efforts are, they will always have a positive impact on someone,” she said.
Hooper started his own non-profit organization, Cash’s Caring Corner, which promotes volunteerism where you live.
“I started my non-profit organization called Cash’s Caring Corner over 2 and a half years ago. My original goal was to promote volunteerism and show others that anyone could volunteer,” said she declared.
“Now I’m trying to write grant applications and get a grant that will help me develop a method to make it easier for high school students to volunteer in their community.”
In addition to the grand prize, Newman said there is a chance for Hooper to win even more scholarships, as prizes are also awarded in individual categories. Those who reach the Top 5 also receive a cash reward.
“The total amount of scholarships available to winners next week is $113,250,” Newman said.
In addition to competing in events such as Miss West Virginia Teen and Miss America Teen, Hooper is an honor student at WPHS and a member of the cheerleading team.
“At the start of this year, I started to really focus on stunting female students. I want to be ready for acclaim at the college level,” she said.
She also participates in gymnastics and dance at Studio 19 Dance Complex in Mars, Pennsylvania. Hooper, who considers lyrical/contemporary her favorite dance style, will perform a dance routine at the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant, choreographed by Tammy Croftcheck.
“They seem to come easily to me as a dancer,” she said of lyrical and contemporary styles. “I also like to draw. I get my artistic side from my mother. My favorite thing to draw is the Disney character, Stitch.
Hooper’s volunteer work includes Children’s Miracle Network Walk for Wishes, Give Kids the Work World, Patriot Connection, and Brooke County Senior Center Meals on Wheeling. Hooper wants to pursue a career as a cardiothoracic surgeon.
To help prepare for the contest, Hooper said she took speech lessons at Park and was signed up for the broadcasting program.
“Over the past few months, my sponsors have helped prepare me with interviews, on-stage questions, and walking. I have spoken at several community events to share my social impact initiative,” she said.
“My favorite part of the competition is definitely the interview. It’s the time when I can really talk to the judges about all the different things I do. It allows the judges to get to know me a little better. However, I also appreciate this amazing opportunity to meet other young women who have similar goals and aspirations.
Hooper noted that this was her first year competing in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant. She did her first competition two years ago.