Nebraska Nationwide Jr. Teen 2022

Nebraska Nationwide Jr. Teen 2022

 

Zaylie Smith


Platform Issue:  Use Your Crown, Don’t Drown ~ Drowning Awareness & Water Safety
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  • Age: 10
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  • Hometown: Papillion, Iowa
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  • Parents:  Patrick & Amanda Smith
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  • If I am crowned Nationwide Jr. Teen: I will continue to work toward the goal of drowning prevention and water safety education through visiting preschools, volunteering, book writing, legislative groups, fundraising and other activities. I will also represent Nationwide Pageantry in a fun and positive way to help build up the new younger divisions for years to come.
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  • Bio: 
    Zaylie Smith, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, is the daughter of Patrick and Amanda Smith of Papillion, Nebraska. She is a student at  Hickory Hill Elementary School where she was Student of the Week in February 2022 and Secret Student Award winner in December 2020.  Zaylie regularly scores above average with MAP testing in Language and Reading!
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    Zaylie’s hobbies include swimming, tumbling, bike riding, short story writing, crafting, jewelry making, traveling with her family, caring for her Guinea pigs and gerbils, drawing and coloring and helping cook meals for her family. She volunteered to help care for the Tri City Food Pantry Gardens in Summer of 2021, rang the Salvation Army bell several times throughout December 2021, and volunteered at the Tangier Shrine in Omaha for the Kids Carnival in August of 2021.
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    She has also been a member of the Sarpy County Swim Club since age 5 and is currently at the Seawolves Gold Level. Zaylie was selected to represent Nebraska for the All Star Swim Meet in Des Moines, Iowa in January 2022 and was selected as gymnast of the month in September 2021 for the Metrostars Gymnastics program in Papillion. Zaylie is also quite an actress and was selected to play “Aida” in the Wildewood Christian Church Christmas musical in December 2021.
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    Zaylie is currently the Midwestern Swimming Short Course 9-10 year old female division golf medalist for the 100 yard butterfly, silver medalist in the 50 yard butterfly, and was a member of the 9-10 year old girls gold medal winning 200 medley relay team!
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    In the community, she serves through her church, Open Door Mission, Salvation Army, the annual CHIP program for kids through the Daughters of the Nile and the Shriners. She has also volunteered for the Walk for Arthritis, Special Olympics, Methodist Back to School Drive and loves to read to Preschool Students about water safety.
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    Through her Personal Platform ~ “Use Your Crown, Don’t Drown” – Zaylie works to prevent drowning in children and helps to educate the public to be more aware of ways to be safer around water through swimming lesson funds, legislative action groups, book writing, talking to preschoolers and volunteering for the Joshua Collingsworth Foundation as well as the local U.S. Coast Guard. Her ultimate goal is to publish her children’s book she wrote last fall to help create conversations between parents and young children about water safety!
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