Meet Jessica - Miss Outstanding Teen 2012

Name: Jessica Caitlyn Power

Title: Miss Cody’s Outstanding Teen 2012

Hometown: Cody, Wyoming

Education: Cody High School

Cody Middle School

Glenn Livingston Elementary School

Platform Issue: B.A.N.D. Together to Be Bully Free

Scholastic/Career Ambition: Prosecuting Attorney to represent abused and neglected children

Talent: Tap Dance – “Hot Wings” by Rio

Scholastic Honors: 2010-2013 Wyoming DARE Youth Advisory Board Representative; 2012 Candidate for Girl’s State, 2011 Wyoming’s Violet Richardson Soroptomist’s Honoring Young Women for Volunteerism Scholarship Award Winner; National Honor Society; The National Society of High School Scholars; Presidential Award of Excellence; Nellie Flesher Woman In Science Award; NASA Earth Science 1st Place; Grand Champion Female Earth Science Award Winner; and Elementary, Middle School, and High School Honor Roll

Leadership Roles: Selected as Girl’s State Nominee to attend in June, 2012; 2010-2013 Wyoming DARE Youth Advisory Board Representative; Participation at the State D.A.R.E. Conference for the past 2 years; Participation at the National D.A.R.E. Conference at the F.B.I. Training Facility in Quantico, Virginia for the past 2 years; Contacted each Wyoming Sheriff’s Department, as well as Wyoming Congressmen and Senators regarding D.A.R.E. expectations and succeeded in creating and passing a House Bill to increase fines for alcohol and drug violations in Wyoming; Participated and conducted bullying workshop for middle school parents; National Honor Society volunteer activity for Boys & Girls Club Haunted House and assistance for induction of incoming National Honor Society students; Initial development of upcoming Bullying Program and present writing of a House Bill to raise awareness and prevent bullying in schools; Rachel’s Challenge; Cody High School Varsity Cheer Captain for all sports; Attended JrNYLC in Washington, D.C., JrNYLC Alumni in Boston, Massachusetts, NYLSC in Helena, Montana, NYLC in Washington, D.C., and NYLF in Washington, D.C. as part of the Congressional Youth Leadership Conferences to help prepare for leadership roles as a future attorney; FCCLA volunteer activities for Cody Senior Center for Senior Citizen’s Luncheon and additional community improvements; Link Crew for incoming Freshman students; Cheer Clinics for youth in Cody; Numerous fundraising events for cheerleading and dance; Community Service performances in a large variety of settings for dance and cheer; School-wide Community Service events to assist in preparing students for upcoming PAWS and state and district testing; Student Dance Showcase Community Performances which I choreographed and performed for guests; and various other community service projects; 2009-2012 Cody High School Cheerleader; Dance Excellence Performance Team; Dancer for Cody Center for Performing Arts for 3 years; Missoula Children’s Theater Lead Actor in “Little Red Riding Hood”; Various church and youth group activities and nursery assistant; Volunteer performer for the high school theater production, “Guys and Dolls”.

Accomplishments: 2013 Invitation to the Inauguration in Washington, D.C. as an Honored Scholar Alum of the Congressional Youth Leadership Program; 2011-2012 Varsity Cheer Captain; 2012 Selection to Girl’s State; 2011 creation and passing of a House Bill to obtain additional funding for the Wyoming D.A.R.E. Program; 2011 Scholarship Award winner for the Wyoming’s Violet Richardson Soroptomist’s Honoring Young Women for Volunteerism; 2006-2011 Congressional Youth Leadership Program; 2009-2010 Rookie of the Year for Cheerleading; 2010-2011 All-American Cheerleader; 2009 Lead Role for “Little Red Riding Hood” play; 2009 cast in a video for singer, Jr. Ray, 2010-2011 model for Cutie Patootie’s pageant and formal wear clothing; 2010 Sophomore Homecoming Queen; 3 years as an active member, co-captain, and captain of the CHS Varsity Cheerleading squad; 15 years of dance at Cody Center for the Performing Arts and Rocky Mountain School of the Arts in ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip hop, and performance group; and numerous pageant, dance, and photogenic awards.

Interesting Facts: I attended Dance Excellence in Los Angeles, CA for the third time, participating in an adjudication process and dancing in Disneyland. I was also selected to participate in a STAR Research Program through the University of Illinois, conducting research on the Yellowstone National Park Hot Springs. I have attended a weeklong Criminal Justice Camp at Northwest College and actually drove a police car. In addition, I participated in several Congressional Youth Leadership Programs in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, having the opportunity during my most recent Law Forum Conference to work with a group of scholars from across the United States to read legal briefs and create a mock Economic Bill that we later were allowed to pass while on the actual House floor. This summer, I have been selected to represent my hometown at the Girl’s State Conference in Powell, Wyoming and am running for one of two offices, District County Attorney or Circuit Court Judge. In addition, I will be working diligently to develop a school-wide bullying program and asking for legislative support in passing my bill.

As Miss Wyoming’s Outstanding Teen, my ambition is to make appearances across the state of Wyoming, speaking to youth about the importance of participation in the Miss Wyoming Outstanding Teen program and actively volunteer my time to work with young people to build and develop character and leadership skills, in order to help them be successful in their future lives. I will educate teens about bullying and the impact such behavior has on themselves and their peers and encourage them to join in my fight to decrease bullying in their own schools!