Monica Osborne ’20 will be advocating for locally sourced food and the importance of good childhood nutrition as the new Miss Teen Virginia United States.
Osborne, who hails from Independence, Virginia, won the crown at Roanoke’s Dumas Center on April 8.
As part of her reign, Osborne will be promoting her platform, “Buy Local, Eat Local, Be Local.” She created the initiative in 2013 by partnering with area farmers and farmers markets in southwest Virginia.
“My parents are farmers so every day I see the value of supporting local agriculture and the local economy,” Osborne explains.
Among her duties as Miss Teen Virginia United States, Osborne says she is most looking forward to traveling across the commonwealth to visit elementary schools. “It’s very important to teach children early on in their lives how vital it is to make healthy eating choices.”
This July, Osborne will compete for the title of Miss Teen United States in Orlando, Florida.
Photo credit: Goodwin Photography
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