Brittany, a native of Hanover
County, is a 21 year old senior at James Madison University pursuing a
degree in Musical Theatre, where she will graduate in May. She is the
daughter of Bill and Beverly Young, both of whom are public school
educators. Brittany is a graduate of Hanover High School, where she was
President of the National Honor Society. Brittany will represent
Greater Richmond at the Miss Virginia Pageant in June, a preliminary to
Miss America. She is an accomplished vocalist and has studied music abroad.
Championing her platform, “The Power of Positive Relationships”,
Brittany draws from being bullied at a young age, influenced by a negative
group of friends in high school, and held at gunpoint in Richmond her
senior year. In high school, she was a member of a mentoring program, S.O.D.A.,
for two years that was designed to foster relationships with 4th grade children.
She was an active participant in volunteer work through an intensive
missions program called Bridge Builders. At JMU she has had
opportunities to serve specifically in the areas of team and character
building with First Year Orientation Guides, Make Your
Mark on Madison, as well as most recently Alternative Spring
Break 2010 to serve underprivileged youth.
One of the most profound ways
she has developed a passion for serving others is her role for the past two
years as a big sister with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. This
dedication to service has allowed her to come to terms with her own
childhood struggles and in turn strive for a "Golden Rule" motto,
and furthermore, that relationship building is necessary and ultimately
affects our life choices. As Miss Greater Richmond, she wants to use her
message of defining positive relationships while also preventing negative
ones with an interactive and personal touch to reach out to as many people
as she can in civic organizations, churches, and schools.
Brittany was a finalist at the
2009 Miss Virginia pageant, representing Hanover County, where she placed
in the Top 10 and was preliminary swimsuit winner. Brittany was also Miss
Virginia’s Outstanding Teen in 2006, a sister program to Miss America. She
was a preliminary talent winner and placed 2nd runner up to Miss
America’s Outstanding Teen. Her Miss America scholarship earnings total
over $20,000 towards her education.
As Miss Greater Richmond, Brittany will make appearances at local schools
and businesses, as well as serve to champion Children’s Miracle Network,
the official charity of the Miss America Organization.
Appearances and Questions, please contact:
Missy Minton, Executive