Olivia McMillan will be returning to the halls of Northside High School on Monday morning. The 17-year-old missed the first two days of the school year, but with good reason.
McMillan, daughter of Greg and Tracey McMillan, was in Orlando, Florida, representing Warner Robins and the state of Georgia. And represent she did.
Saturday night, McMillan was named Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, to go along with her Miss Georgia and Miss Warner Robins outstanding teen titles.
“She rocked the stage by being herself,” Marcy Waugh, director of the Miss Warner Robins pageant, said Saturday night after McMillan’s victory.
For her win, McMillan will receive a $25,000 scholarship provided by the Harris Rosen Foundation and Neutraderm to go toward her college education.
She will travel across the country speaking about her platform, The Sibling Support Project, according to a news release from the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization.
McMillan chose the Sibling Support Project because her brother, Max, has special needs. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, and is prone to anxiety attacks and mood disorders.
As Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, McMillan also will act as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals, according to the release.
Waugh said she had been in touch with Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms and that an official welcome home celebration would be planned in McMillan’s honor, probably to take place in several weeks.
Before that, though, she will return to Northside, where supporters gathered at the theater to watch the telecast Saturday night.
“It was such a celebration,” Brian Barnett, drama director at Northside, said after McMillan’s win. “It is a great reflection on Northside High School, and we are so proud we are beside ourselves. She is such a perfect role model because she can relate to everyone.”
Ben Yoder and Alline Kent contributed to this report.