I began speech therapy and corrected my speech in six months when therapists said it would take two years. I worked hard day in and day out finding ways I could practice. I worked with my school’s speech therapist as well as a private one. I was driven. I chose to embrace my height because I was not getting any shorter.
My freshman year I began my own personal platform, “Your Uniqueness is Never a Weakness.” This teaches others that being different is what makes life interesting. I spoke to small groups and classrooms full of students as much as I could. The summer before my Junior year of high school, I published an illustrated anti-bullying children’s book, Shine Your Light. I now feel equipped to speak to anyone about the power of words and the power of one. By empowering our youth at a young age and instilling the ideas of respect and valuing everyone, I hope a younger generation will grow up loving who they are.
With this voice and power I chose to compete in the Miss High School America pageant. If I won, it would give me a national platform, BRAVE (Building Respect And Values for Everyone) to reach many more people all over the United States. In September of 2020, I shared my accomplishments and aspirations with judges. When pageant week was all said and done, I walked away with best in evening gown and the 2020 Miss High School America title. Throughout this next year I will travel all over the country speaking to schools and small groups. I also plan to start the first ever National BRAVE conference to promote anti-bullying in schools and prepare community leaders to speak out against this epidemic. I have learned in life to not let others define you and to use your voice to help others.
Welcome to the BRAVE Blog, I'm Carly, Miss Houston Collegiate America and I am working together with other titleholders in the MHSA organization to share the message of BRAVE and why it is so important!