Kent: Miss Georgia Outstanding Teen gets to work

July 9, 2014 

Olivia McMillan has a lot to do to get ready for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant.

There are wardrobe considerations and talent practices. But first and foremost, McMillan has hit the ground to promote both the organization and her own platform.

Wednesday is the 17th birthday of McMillan, the Northside High School student who was crowned Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen two weeks ago.

I can’t think of a more perfect birthday present for the young woman representing our community on the national stage than a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network in her honor.

As part of her Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen responsibilities, McMillan is currently raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

The Miss America program and the Children’s Miracle Network have a long partnership together raising money and awareness for children’s hospitals throughout the United States.

Young women such as McMillan who win their state pageant actually have two platforms they will promote during their reign: the Children’s Miracle Network and their personal platform.

In McMillan’s case, the two are a good fit. Her platform, the Sibling Support Project, is a support group for the siblings of medically fragile children and special needs children.

McMillan’s brother, Max, has autism and bipolar disorder along with severe sensory issues.

“In the case of my brother, he really senses when you are angry or in a bad mood and he feeds off that,” McMillan said. “When you are upset, he will start acting out. A lot of siblings are like me, they don’t want to give their parents another thing to worry about. So the Sibling Support Project gives kids an outlet, a place where you can be upset or angry and know you can talk about it, that it is OK.”

“The Sibling Support Project is such a great resource for families with special needs children and medically fragile children, and so often families have no idea of its existence or its offerings,” said McMillan’s mother, Tracey.

Olivia was actually searching for information to help her better understand her brother’s disabilities on the Internet when she ran across information about the Sibling Support Project.

To help McMillan raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, people can go online to www.maoteen4kids.org. Choose “Search for Contestant,” then type in McMillan’s name and Georgia as the state. That brings up a page with a “Donate Now” icon. Click on that and you can make a tax deductible donation. It’s a birthday present for our Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen that will help to change lives.

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