Crowned Miss Delaware at the state pageant this June, Miss Milford Brooke Mitchell was awarded the honor to represent Delaware at the Miss America Pageant this September in Atlantic City, NJ. A native of Sellbyville, DE, Mitchell is a 19-year-old student at Delaware Tech, where she is studying Elementary Education. With a strong belief in giving back to the local community, she hopes that this exciting journey will allow her to lead the charge for active volunteerism in the First State.
The focus of the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization is to make scholarships available to the State’s most promising young women, providing them with educational choices and opportunities for personal and professional growth. The Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization is a not-for-profit organization that is the official state preliminary for the Miss America Competition. ]
According to the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization, Mitchell has participated in local pageants since the age of six, winning the title Little Miss Sussex County. At the age of 14, Mitchell was named Miss Capital’s Outstanding Teen 2011 and in September 2011 she won the Miss New Castle County’s Outstanding Teen 2012 title. She placed fourth runner-up at the state pageant. Mitchell was named Miss Diamond State’s Outstanding Teen 2013 and won the Interview Award at the state competition. In 2014, Mitchell won the Miss Dover title then competed in the 2014 Miss Delaware pageant. On February 28, 2015, Mitchell was crowned Miss Milford 2015, which made her eligible to compete at the 2015 Miss Delaware pageant. At the state pageant in June, Mitchell was crowned Miss Delaware.
During the Miss Delaware competition Mitchell displayed her talent, baton twirling to the DeBarge song “Rhythm of the Night”, and supported her platform of volunteerism. Volunteering for local organization since the age of six, Mitchell believes that her title and experience will help to encourage young women and men to be involved with their community at a young age.
“It is important to start volunteering and getting involved at a young age,” said Mitchell. “I want young people to know that they can start with small things like helping a neighbor or helping their parents at home.”
Involved with several organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, Mitchell sees that the benefits of volunteering is twofold. In addition to helping others in need, the feeling derived from volunteering is rewarding in itself.
“I enjoy seeing the looks on the faces of the kids light up when you come to visit them,” said Mitchell. “Knowing that you help to provide a support system for them is rewarding.” Over the next year Mitchell will be traveling the state of Delaware delivering her message of active volunteering and encouraging Delaware youth to get involved with their community.
Mitchell will represent Delaware in the 2016 Miss America Pageant on September 13 in Atlantic City, NJ. Although no contestant from Delaware has yet to win the contest, Mitchell is excited about the experience and her opportunity to take home the crown. “I have watched the Miss America Pageant every year since I was little and it is a dream to participate,” said Mitchell. “ I am very excited to represent the state of Delaware and its people at the Miss America Pageant.”