November 2,2015 

Healthy Children, Strong America

Growing up on almost 700 acres of pure, natural beauty, I was hardly ever indoors. My childhood games were outdoor contests, like who could run the length of the pecan orchard the fastest. Even when it rained, my siblings and I played outdoors splashing in the mud puddles.

As a daughter of two nutritionists, I also grew up learning the importance of having fresh fruits and vegetables in my diet; fortunately, we lived in an area where there was always plenty of fresh produce around us!  As a child, this was just my way of life.

The sad truth is that not all children have access to healthy food or the outdoors. For many children, computers, video games, and TV have taken the place of healthy physical activity. Healthy eating habits and physical activity are lifestyle behaviors that are largely within their control.  These truths inspired my platform issue Healthy Children, Strong America. I am passionate about encouraging children to develop healthy eating habits so that they can grow into healthy and strong adults!

During my year of service as Miss America 2016, I plan on taking my message across the country to inspire children and adults alike to make smart, healthy choices!  With stronger and healthier children, we can strengthen the foundation and future of America.

– Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell

Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell

Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia

Education: Mount De Sales Academy, Wesleyan College, Mercer University

National Platform Issue: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (National Goodwill Ambassador)

Personal Platform Issue: Healthy Children, Strong America

Talent: Vocal Performance: Tu, Tu Piccolo Iddio

Scholastic Ambition: Graduate from a music conservatory

Scholastic Honors: Academic, music, and theatre scholarships recipient Wesleyan College and Mercer University

Career Ambition: To perform on Broadway

There She Sings

During the live ABC telecast of the 2016 Miss America Competition, Betty’s outstanding performance of Tu, Tu Piccolo Iddio not only led her to the title of Miss America 2016, but it also established her as being one of the most talented individuals to perform on the Miss America stage. This year, Betty plans to continue to entertain audiences with her remarkable voice, performing classical, opera, country, pop, Broadway, and, of course, the National Anthem.

Prior to competing in Miss America, Betty performed in numerous theatre and musical productions. A junior at Mercer University, Betty currently studies musical performance and aspires to one day perform on Broadway.

To Book Miss America 2016

We are now booking appearances for Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell.  If your group or organization is interested in booking Miss America 2016 to speak or perform at your event, please visit our website: Book an Appearance