When Carmen Foskeys brother underwent surgery, her family needed a place to stay and received help through the Ronald McDonald House.
Its a big reason why Foskey chose the Ronald McDonald House as her platform when she became Miss Warner Robins Outstanding Teen in 2012 and went on to become Miss International Citys Outstanding Teen in 2013.
But Foskeys service is not limited to her pageant activities. At the age of 17, the Warner Robins High School senior already is involved in politics and education on a national level.
She has become a political activist, interning with U.S. Rep. Austin Scotts office and working with Turning Point USA, a youth-based organization that promotes concepts such as constitutional rights and free markets. Foskey has served as a columnist for the group, bringing awareness to changes that should be made in the current government and writing about educational issues.
I believe one person can make a difference, she said. I take that to heart, and Ive made it my personal goal and my personal mission to promote the causes I see as just.
As far as Foskeys teacher, Pamela Stanescu, is concerned, the future is bright. Foskey excels in the classroom, where she often helps other students, said Stanescu, who teaches social studies at Warner Robins High.
Stanescu predicts that Foskey could one day become a leader on a national level.
Foskey next has her sights set on attending Yale University, where she hopes to major in educational policy and perhaps get a law degree.
Education is something that is pertinent to every single individual, Foskey said, and if we want a stable, secure economy, then education is the place to start.
-- Jenna Mink
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Joe Molyson, 66, Bonaire, retired colonel and assistant director of operations for intelligence, Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base; also retired Houston County High School astronomy teacher