Austin Douglas, 15, was crowned Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen on January 19, 2019. January’s pageant was Douglas’ first time competing with the Miss Auburn and Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship program. Though Douglas admits she was shocked when she was announced as the new Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen, she is excited for what the next year is going to bring.
Since her crowning in January, Douglas has been active in the community and promoting her platform, Strong Against Cancer. On March 4th Mayor Nancy Backus proclaimed both Douglas and 2019 Miss Auburn Amanda Enz Goodwill Ambassadors for the City of Auburn.
We chatted with Douglas to get to know 2019’s Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen, and one of Auburn’s new Goodwill Ambassadors, a little bit better.
Auburn Examiner: Why did you choose to participate in the Miss Auburn and Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship program?
Austin Douglas: I love the Auburn community and I’ve grown up watching the Miss Auburn Competition, and it’s always been a dream of mine to compete. The friendships and scholarship dollars and community service opportunities make it all worthwhile.
AE: What has been your most memorable moment in the program, outside of winning?
AD: The Santa parade, and activities with my “little sister, Vani” and my actual little sister, Alexis.
AE: How does it feel to be the new Miss Auburn Outstanding Teen?
AE: Describe the moment after you were announced as the new Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen.
AD: I was shocked! I started to cry, I couldn’t really see anything. I said to the outgoing [Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen,] “Olivia, I can’t see you”
AE: Is there anything you’re particularly excited about for this year as Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen?
AD: I’m excited to compete at Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen and further my involvement with my platform.
AE: Scotty’s General Construction has sponsored the Miss Auburn program for years. Scotty’s is owned by your Grandparents, and this year they were your sponsor. How did that feel?
AD: I’m very grateful for their sponsorship and support of this program for many years.
AE: When did you begin your vocal training?
AD: I’ve never actually [had any] vocal training. I just picked a song I love.
AE: Is there a reason you chose ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ for your talent song?
AD: My talent song is dedicated to my platform “Strong against Cancer”
AE: What does your platform, Strong Against Cancer, mean to you?
AD: It means less invasive therapies, less terminal children, and hope for childhood cancer patients and families.
AE: Why is this platform important to you?
AD: My little sister was diagnosed with stage IV childhood cancer when she was two months old.
AE: How do you hope to use your year as Miss Auburn Outstanding Teen to further awareness for Strong Against Cancer?
AD: I’ve already spoken at events this year as Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen, with the goal of raising funds. I plan on visiting local children’s hospitals and getting to know more of the kids. I have a meeting scheduled with the director of “Strong Against Cancer” to discuss future plans for the organization.
AE: Tell me about your Little Sister.
AD: Vani is seven years old, a talented gymnast, spirited and fun!
AE: What are you most looking forward to experiencing with your Little Sister?
AD: I’m most looking forward to going to state with her and participating in parades and events.
AE: What do you hope to gain from your partnership with 2019’s Miss Auburn Amanda Enz this year as the two 2019 Miss Auburn program representatives?
AD: I’m so grateful that she is my “Miss” this year and that she has been so involved with the program. I know she is an amazing mentor and I’m excited for our year together.
AE: What are you most looking forward to experiencing with Amanda?
AD: I’m most looking forward to local events in our Auburn community and serving the community.
AE: Looking to the Miss Washington Outstanding Teen pageant, is there anything you’re focusing on?
AD: Being the best version of myself that I can be. [Also,] making new friendships, earning scholarships, having fun, and representing our great City of Auburn and representing our Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen class of 2019.
Tell us a little about yourself:
AE: Where did you grow up?
AD: Pierce County and Auburn.
AE: Do you have any siblings?
AD: [I have a] Younger sister named Alexis.
AE: Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
AD: Sinatra Radio or Mama Mia.
AE: How do you take your coffee?
AD: I’m more of a tea girl.
AE: What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
AD: I refuse to watch horror movies.
AE: If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
AD: My grandma who passed away two months ago, I would love more time with her.
AE: What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
AD: I would learn ballet on pointe. I took ballet for four years and then took a break to focus on basketball and earning my black belt.
AE: What is an annoying habit other people have?
AD: Using the word “like” too much or filler words.
AE: What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
AD: Greece with Amanda or being Miss America’s Outstanding Teen!
You can keep up with 2019’s Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen on Instagram (@Missauburnot) and on the Miss Auburn and Miss Auburn’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program’s Facebook page.