Outstanding Teen

Maddelyn Helton - 2019

My name is Maddelyn Helton, Miss Blue Ridge Valley’s Outstanding Teen 2019. I am a 16 year old home schooled junior from Murphy, NC. I have been involved with serving others since I was a baby, my MomMom instilled a heart for giving inside of me. Whether it may be 50-100 shoe boxes of supplies given to children at Christmas, clothing children at local schools, giving clothing, shoes, toys, food, or toiletries to anyone in need, providing for those in our community has always been a priority. I am incredibly thankful that my family and I have the ability to bless others in need. 
 
I have danced at Star Dance Performing Arts in Hayesville, NC for 7 years. I found my passion for pointe through the teaching of Madge Smith, the most amazing ballet instructor I could have had. I dedicate all of my dances to my Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave me the gift of worship dancing. 
 
My social impact initiative platform is homeless veterans. I am building a non-profit starting in Florida called Helton’s Homes For The Brave with ambition to have a location in North Carolina as well. On 350 acres of farmland I will soon be building 500 sq ft houses out of industrialized hemp and recycled plastic. Through partnering with Orlando’s VA Hospital, the University of Central Florida, and the glory of Jesus, my non-profit will house homeless veterans while entering them into the work force through the farm. God gave me a heart for veterans from a very young age, the past few years he narrowed it down to the homeless veterans. I am so thankful to live in America, but living free is not free. Brave souls fought for our precious country and continue to fight everyday, surrendering their lives, bodies, and minds. The effects of serving our country weigh heavy, after fighting until they can’t fight anymore, I will fight for them, but most importantly God has and will always fight for them and you. My non-profit will offer many services to the ones that served for me. A website and social media account will be up and running July 2019 to give all information. 
 
This has been my first ever experience with the Miss America Organization, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into, but I am so thankful God put me in this position. I have tremendously grown, made so many new friends, my family has grown, but most of all my relationship with my Heavenly Father has never been stronger! I left everything on the Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen stage in April, giving all of my praise to God and letting His glory shine through me, I may not have came home with a new crown but keeping my Blue Ridge Valley crown was all a part of His perfect Plan! I am so grateful for the experience I have had and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this year holds! Catch me cheering Miss Asheville and Miss Blue Ridge Valley on like crazy in Raleigh at the Miss North Carolina Competition in June!