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Lights, Camera, Educate!

As Miss Central Minnesota's Outstanding Teen, I have had the opportunity to work with different organizations and programs that I believe make an impact in our community.

Rylie Young, back row on right, and Courtney Weinrich, back row on left, worked with the Little Miss Nisswa participants this year.Submitted Photo
Rylie Young, back row on right, and Courtney Weinrich, back row on left, worked with the Little Miss Nisswa participants this year.Submitted Photo

As Miss Central Minnesota's Outstanding Teen, I have had the opportunity to work with different organizations and programs that I believe make an impact in our community.

Through the Miss America Organization, each title holder creates a platform she will work with and promote throughout her year; my platform is "Lights, Camera, Educate!"

Through this platform I speak with organizations and youth about the importance of the performing arts as a regular part of our public school system and how both students and schools may benefit from these activities.

Through the theater arts, children can build confidence, learn public speaking skills, work together and have an outlet for their creativity.

Numerous studies have found correlations between theater involvement and academic achievements. Students who participated in theater classes had shown improvements in reading comprehension and attendance, and a decrease in discipline issues. These students were also found to be more engaged in their school and in activities.

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Schools in low-income areas also reported improvements with academic achievement outcomes when students participated in theater. Students involved in theater outscored the national average SAT score by 35 points on the verbal section and 24 points on the math section.

This platform is important to me and I have learned so much in theater arts. I love sharing my message with other youth and adults. I have been in numerous musical theater productions over the last 10 years, taken ballet classes at the Stroia Ballet Company for over 10 years and play piano and saxophone.

Most recently I promoted my platform at the Festival of the Arts in Pequot Lakes and volunteered with the Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant where I sang the national anthem. I know first-hand how effective the arts can be with youth development.

Please help me share the message of the value theater arts has in the normal classroom day and how theater arts helps with student achievement.

Rylie Young is a Pequot Lakes High School student and Miss Central Minnesota's Outstanding Teen.

Rylie Young, Miss Central Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen, helps other students at the Festival of the Arts in Pequot Lakes with her platform - Lights, Camera, Educate! Submitted Photo
Rylie Young, Miss Central Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen, helps other students at the Festival of the Arts in Pequot Lakes with her platform - Lights, Camera, Educate! Submitted Photo

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