14 to Watch in 2014: Carmen Foskey

January 5, 2014 

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Carmen Foskey

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  • Carmen Foskey
    Age: 17
    City: Warner Robins
    Occupation: Student at Warner Robins High School
    Hobbies: Teaching piano, listening to audio books, running and singing Favorite thing about Houston County: “What I appreciate most about Houston County is despite its growth and expansion, we still manage to maintain a sense of community, and despite the fact that we all come from many walks of life, there’s something that unifies us and allows us to keep that family feel.”

When Carmen Foskey’s brother underwent surgery, her family needed a place to stay and received help through the Ronald McDonald House.

It’s 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 City’s Outstanding Teen in 2013.

But Foskey’s 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 Scott’s 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 I’ve made it my personal goal and my personal mission to promote the causes I see as just.”

As far as Foskey’s 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

Click on the links below to read of 14 to Watch in 2014 stories:

Rorie Bradley, 30, Warner Robins, athletics director of Central Georgia Technical College

Stacy Campbell, 33, Perry, president and CEO of the Perry Area Chamber of Commerce until April 30; will become director of communications of the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter on May 1

Jay Flesher, 45, Warner Robins, director of economic development at Flint Energies

Bill Goggin, 49, Bonaire, manager of Houston County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore

Heather Hall, 39, Warner Robins, marketing manager for Cox Communications

Mark Ivory, 44, Warner Robins, athletics director at Thomson Middle School

Sonya P. Jenkins, 44, Warner Robins, CEO of Vision Inscribed, a business solutions company

Kelly Miller, 31, Centerville, family nurse practitioner

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

Kellye C. Moore, 45, Warner Robins, attorney

Melissa Phagan, 36, Warner Robins, director of administrative and volunteer services, and executive administrative assistant to CEO Cary Martin at Houston Healthcare

Mark Strandburg, 37, Kathleen, general dentist

Larry Walker III, 48, Kathleen, insurance agent

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