JoEllen Walters has lived in Eagle River with her family for the last 15 years.
A 2012 graduate from Chugiak High School and a 2017 graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She is a teacher with the Anchorage School District at a Title 1 school.
JoEllen’s long-time platform of Proper Disposal of Prescription Medication began when her Grandmother mentioned that she wasn’t sure what to do with the pain medication she was prescribed after her foot surgery. JoEllen started working as the “youth perspective” speaking about the National Prescription Drug disposal events in 2010. Her platform is geared toward the prevention of opioid abuse and environmental safety. On average 8 out of 10 heroin users started with abusing prescription drugs sometimes obtained from the family medicine cabinet. Her goal is to educate about proper ways to dispose of the medication that are environmentally friendly and keep our community safe.
With the title of Miss Alaska USA, JoEllen hopes to empower all women to be confidently beautiful, ignite a passion for our community, and show the country the beauty of Alaska and its people.
16-year old Meghan Scott of Eagle River captured the hearts of the judges and audience at the recent 2019 Miss Alaska Teen USA competition where she went home with the title.
Meghan was born in Alaska, and she is currently a dually enrolled student at Alaska Middle College. She is both a high school junior and a college freshman at the University of Alaska where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. Meghan strives for excellence in her education and the fitness of her mind, body and spirit. Meghan is an accomplished singer and outdoor enthusiast.
In 2018, Meghan won the title Miss Chugiak Eagle River, where she applied her title as an avid volunteer at over 20 charitable events in the past year. She goals to more than double that number over the next several months as the new Miss Alaska Teen USA.
For Meghan, winning Miss Alaska Teen USA was a dream come true. But, it was not for the reason that most may think. The beautiful crown and banner she wears are wonderful, but her mission runs much deeper than surface beauty. Meghan’s little brother, Myles, was born with a sensory processing disorder. Using her pageant platform, Meghan has challenged her state and those around her to see people with life obstacles as “Able, Not Disable.” She has shared her family’s story at schools, social events, non-profit organizations, in front of audiences of hundreds, and on social media. Each summer, Meghan has worked with Camp Barnabas, an organization dedicated to helping individuals with physical impairments to experience life and the outdoors in a way they have not been able to before. Meghan envisions a world where people see others’ abilities, not their inabilities.
Meghan will represent Alaska at the nationally televised Miss Teen USA pageant in the spring of 2019 where she will continue to promote positive change for people of all capacities across the nation.
Please direct questions to Janine Walters 830-7075 or Renee Scott 231-4740.