On Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, sixteen year old Isabella Griffith’s life long dream came to fruition as she was crowned Miss New York Teen USA. Isabella was a first time competitor for the prestigious title. She chose to compete to gain self confidence and further enhance her interview and public speaking skills. Her goal for the year is to spread the message of love and the importance of realizing your own self worth so that you can be able to spread positivity to others. Isabella is also a volunteer at Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County. She has over 250 service hours and would like to raise awareness and funding for the amazing children and adults who attend the school.
Isabella is currently a junior attending Half Hollow Hills High School East and she is a member of the African American Student Organization. Isabella is an active member in the Suffolk County chapter of Jack & Jill of America where she is the teen recording secretary. Through Jack & Jill, she participates in various fundraisers including Breast Cancer Walks, making Halloween and Thanksgiving baskets to give to families in need, providing Christmas gifts to underprivileged children and more. Isabella has also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award with over 400 hours of community service. Isabella believes that volunteering and giving back to the community is extremely important and that if everyone volunteered some of their time the world would be a much better place.
Aside from being an active member of the community, Isabella has walked in New York Fashion Week twenty seven times starting at the age of fourteen. When Isabella was younger she was often bullied for her height and her differences; today she uses her modeling success as inspiration to tell other girls to embrace and love who they are no matter what anyone tells them. Isabella hopes to continue her modeling career and to also attend college to study law.
Three words that Isabella’s friends and family would use to describe her are optimistic, determined, and compassionate. No matter what difficult situation Isabella has to endure, she always has a positive mindset and always reminds everyone that after rain comes the rainbow. When Isabella has a goal nothing can stand in her way of accomplishing that goal no matter how impossible it may seem. She feels that if your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough. Isabella has a passion for helping anyone in need, Isabella would personally go out of her way to ensure the happiness of another. As Miss New York Teen USA Isabella promises to make the great state of New York proud and to inspire others to spread positivity and love.