Miss Alabama’s recently crowned outstanding teen, Kaitlynn Campbell, has had some difficult experiences growing up. Having experienced life in foster care and recently settling into her own room after many months of instability, her background stands out. But more importantly, what really stands out is her stunningly beautiful attitude and heart. From al.com:
“I’ve worked with my circumstances,” Campbell says. “It has been hard. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been so worth it. It has just been an incredible journey ever since. Things have fallen together perfectly, God has just been in this whole journey all through the way.
“I’m excited to able to represent the state of Alabama and to be the voice for the kids that are going through hard times,” Campbell adds. “I’m excited to be able to use my platform as a stepping stone to change the world.”
That started when she stepped out on stage last weekend for the talent competition, singing Martina McBride’s “Concrete Angel,” a song about child abuse.
“I want to give other kids the courage to overcome any type of adversity that they’re facing, not just child abuse, not just child neglect, but teenage bullying to everything that there is in the book that teenagers face today, because it is not easy being a teenager,” Campbell says. “I know that first-hand.”
Her story serves as an inspiration not only for children who do not have permanency and the security of a forever family, but for everyone. Thanks for representing Alabama so well, Kaitlynn!
Photo available at outstandingteen.homestead.com.