On January 21 Milford teen Madison “Madi” Dodge received the honor of Miss Cape Henlopen’s Outstanding Teen 2012. The local pageant was hosted at the Georgetown Middle School in Georgetown, Delaware and produced by the Miss East Coast Scholarship Organization. Competing against several other teens throughout the region, Madi impressed the judges with her interview, fitness, talent, evening gown and on-stage question performances.
Madi’s platform issue throughout the pageant performances has remained advocacy in action to stop diabetes. One year ago, Ms. Dodge was named the 2011 National Youth Advocate for the the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Madi, now 16 years of age, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the early age of 5 and has been raising awareness for the disease every since. As National Youth Advocate for the ADA Madi has traveled across the United States encouraging individuals to support and become active in the fight against diabetes.
Madi has developed a Marketing Plan for the competition which sets the foundation for how she will accomplish her efforts in fighting diabetes as Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen.
“I plan to continue the work I started 10 years ago, when diagnosed with diabetes, doing all I can to help find a cure to stop the devastating epidemic that is diabetes,” states Ms. Dodge in the plan she presented to the pageant judges. “I will continue to hold fundraisers, such as Dance 4 Diabetes. I will grow the Cash in Cans to STOP Diabetes initiative I started with Fitzgerald’s Recycling, and I will search for new and innovative ways to reach out to our community. Being Delaware’s Outstanding Teen will provide me further opportunities to use my voice for positive change.”
Although very experienced with public speaking and being in the spotlight through her efforts as ADA’s National Youth Advocate, Ms. Dodge admits that the experience of performing on stage for pageants is a unique experience.
“I am used to making appearances talking about diabetes but it is totally different showing up with a crown on your head.” commented Madi. “I was nervous but had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed getting to meet a whole new group of people.”
For the talent portion of the pageant Madi performed the musical number Defying Gravity?from the Broadway Musical Wicked. She is still determining what her musical performance for the state-level competition will be.
The State Pageant for Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen will take place on March 24, at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. At this competition Madi will compete against girls from across Delaware for the chance to compete as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen at the national level. In the past five years, the Miss America Outstanding Teen organization has made available more than $4 million in college scholarships to deserving teens.
Madi’s Pageant Dircetor, Maureen Bullock, feels that Madi’s experience in leadership roles will help her chances of becoming crowned Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen at the State pageant.
“Madi’s leadership roles will be a positive for the judges,” explains Ms. Bullock . “The winner of this pageant will be a leader for the entire state of Delaware.”
Madi looks forward to competing at Cape Henlopen High School on Tuesday, March 24. The competition will begin at 5pm and determine who will represent Delaware in the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant on August 14 in Orlando, Florida.