A lifelong dream to walk across the Miss Tennessee Pageant stage got closer to reality for Camille Garner of Franklin County when she was crowned Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival last year in Martin. That title earned her a ticket to compete in the prestigious Miss Tennessee Pageant in Jackson this week. Garner, the daughter of Tony and Amy Michelle Garner and the sister of Constance, Claire and John Garner, is a 2011 graduate of Franklin County High School.
She received Tennessee’s Lottery Hope Scholarship, as well as the Kentucky and Tennessee Grocers Association Award Scholarship and is a senior pre-dental student at Tennessee Technological University at Cookeville, majoring in biology health sciences.
She is a member of Tennessee Tech Roteract, Chem-Med Club, and works as a lab assistant for the TTU biology department.
She keeps a busy schedule, having traveled with the TTU Roteract Club to the Dominican Republic in December and to Peru in January.
Garner is passionate about three things — children, charity and teeth. Her platform, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy, allows her to incorporate all her passions into one.
“America’s ToothFairy provides at-risk children with viral oral health educational, preventive, and treatment services,” Garner said. “Oral health impacts a child’s overall health, self-esteem and ability to thrive.”
Over the last year Garner provided dental treatment services for two children, visited many schools and talked to students about oral health education and why their smile matters. She also donated 288 toothbrushes to an orphanage in Peru and signed up more than 250 children for free information on how to have healthy, happy smiles.
“I believe that every child deserves a healthy smile,” Garner said.
In addition to promoting National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, Garner has been greatly involved with Tennessee’s five Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and personally raised over $1,000 to help these hospitals.
When she isn’t working on behalf of her platform or other charitable organizations, she enjoys running marathons, traveling and spending time with her dog Pippie, her family and friends.
Competition is this week
This week Garner travels to Jackson to compete for the title of Miss Tennessee.
“I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to be a role model and mentor for the state of Tennessee,” Garner said. “I thank the residents of Franklin County for the support and their contributions and am excited to represent my hometown.
Watch Garner live at www.eplustv6.com Wednesday through Friday at 7:45 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The schedule is swimsuit competition on Wednesday; evening gown on Thursday; talent competition Friday; and fi nals on Saturday.
For the talent competition, Garner will jump rope to the song, “Footloose.”
She became an active jump roper when she was in elementary school at Decherd and participated in Jump Rope for Heart. Since then, she has used jump rope for not only enjoyment but for exercise.