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February 26, 2013

POISE & PERSEVERANCE LEAD TO MISS TEEN TITLE

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Somerset —

This time will be different. The Miss Teen Untied States nationals will be In Washington D.C. during the Fourth of July holiday, appropriately enough. It’s another city Killman hasn’t yet seen with her own eyes and would love to visit, but don’t think for a moment she’s taking her eyes off of the prize.
“This time I’m going to fun, but I really want to win this one,” she said confidently. “This time will be completely different from Las Vegas.”
The Miss United States organization is the fastest-rising pageant in the country, noted Killman. It’s similar to the familiar names like Miss USA and Miss America but there are differences. For one, there’s no talent portion. Instead, Miss United States pageant put a focus on rigorous interviews, research into personal endeavors, and the key aspect — how well-rounded a girl is.
“You have to fill out very detailed paperwork,” said Killman. “(They want to know) all the clubs you were in, even freshman year of high school, any project you’ve worked on in community service.”
That played right into Killman’s wheelhouse. Killman says that community service is her “passion,” having racked up over 4,000 hours of contributions to good causes over the years. She’s taken trips to Peru to help with earthquake disaster relief, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina, helped raise money for the Special Olympics and March of Dimes, and much more. “Anything you can think of, I’ve worked with them,” she said.
Her crowning achievement, however, is likely SPICE — ”Serving People In Crisis Everyday.” It’s a project Killman started when she was a student at Southern Middle School eight years ago, and has grown to touch seemingly countless lives in this area.
“We collect stuffed animal and take them to the fire departments in Somerset to give to kids whose houses burned down, or were in wrecks,” said Killman. “Since it started, we’ve collected over 6,000 stuffed animals, and collected close to $10,000 for disaster relief.”

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