Ela Wootton, a junior at Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale earned the title of Miss Maricopa County Outstanding Teen, on Saturday, Nov. 12 at East Valley High School.
As her platform, Ms. Wootton plans to raise awareness for Best Buddies Arizona an organization that pairs individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities to form one on one friendships.
This past summer she learned about Best Buddies from a friend with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, according to a press release.
“After researching and getting involved with Best Buddies I knew that I wanted my platform to be helping build confidence in all my friends with IDD,” said the 16-year-old in the release.
Ms. Wootton serves as a speech coach for Best Buddies Ambassadors Program, helping people with IDD build leadership skills “so that they can become advocates for themselves and the Best Buddies programs,” she said in the release.
The oldest of six children, Ms. Wootton is a member the NDP varsity pom team, she is an honor student and an accomplished pianist.
Ms. Wootton will go on to compete in the Miss Arizona Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant in June at the Mesa Arts Center.
“Through all this, I hope that I can influence teens to be role models in their communities,” Ms. Wootton said in the release. “And, of course I want to win state.”
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