Whiz Kid: Victoria Lines of Troy Wins at Miss Michigan Feeder Pageant
17-year-old Troy High student, who dreams of a career in front of a news camera, excels in dance and community service.
Patch will regularly spotlight young people in the Troy community who are successful, talented and just plain awesome. Today we re-introduce the latest Whiz Kid, who has excelled in scholarship pageants:
- Age: 17
- School: Troy High
- Achievement: Victoria stood up to a packed house at the Muskegon Harbor Holiday Inn on Feb. 2, along with 14 other contestants from all over Michigan, vying for the title of Miss Shoreline 2013. Victoria won, after showing off her skills in Irish dancing and doing community service at the most recent North American International Auto Show for the second consecutive year. With the win, Victoria moves on to the Miss Michigan scholarship pageant, scheduled this June, in Muskegon.
- Keys to awesomeness: Victoria said that she has danced for 13 years and simply feels at home in front of audience. "Not just the judges," she said. "It's people in general. ... I've won a partial scholarship to go to Point Park University (in Pittsburgh) and I'm planning on going into telecommunications and mass communications. Being a news anchor on TV is something I'm really interested in pursuing."
Victoria's heart is in the right place, too — she uses her skills in public speaking to teach communities, families and school-age children about automobile and seat belt safety, most recently presenting on Education Day at the 2013 NAIAS.
"My main goal is to get across to elementary- and preschool-age children to remind them how important it is to wear seat belts. I teach them why it’s important, and I also get to talk about booster seat safety and safety for drivers in construction zones," she said.
Do you know a local young person who deserves applause because he or she shovels the elderly neighbors' driveway? Or perhaps athletic achievements are worth sharing. Everyone deserves attention, and we want to tell these stories. Email nominations to local editor Tim Rath at firstname.lastname@example.org, provide the information shown above and include a photo with names and ages. Then, come back for our Whiz Kid spotlight.