Camille Sims, 15
North Atlanta High School, sophomore
Many people ask themselves, “What can I do to change the world?” Camille Sims, the daughter of Tracy and Tommy Sims, is dedicated to achieving such change, starting with fighting hunger and promoting nutrition and wellness across Atlanta.
“It started when I was 12, and I really wanted to get involved in the community,” she said.
After visiting organizations throughout Atlanta, Camille realized that holding a title would provide her with more opportunities to take action and gain recognition for her efforts. She found her solution when she got involved in beauty pageants — and won. In February, she was crowned Miss Junior Teen Georgia, and she continued to the national competition in Las Vegas, where she was crowned Miss Junior Teen United States on July 17.
“It was amazing,” Camille said about winning the national title. “It was raining confetti, and I was shaking. I was just really in shock.”
Her platform in the pageant combined her desire to fight hunger with encouraging others to maintain healthy lifestyles. Camille’s interest in the hunger issue rose two years ago when she attended a youth summit with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and visited a homeless shelter where she witnessed the problem firsthand.
“We talked about hunger and how it’s an everyday issue,” she said. “It’s everybody’s problem. I don’t want it to be just a November topic or a December topic for the holidays.”
After being crowned Miss Junior Teen United States, Camille was selected as the youth spokeswoman for Atlanta Community Food Bank.
“I went in there just wanting to be a volunteer and doing whatever I could to help, and then being asked to be spokesperson was an honor,” she said.
Camille also serves on the youth advisory board with Hands On Atlanta. She has joined the speakers bureau with Bread for the World and is part of the American Heart Association’s Community Action Network. She recently completed a DVD for students that details the importance of leading a balanced life.
In addition to her involvement in the community, Camille is heavily involved in academics and extracurricular activities. She maintains a 4.0 grade-point average in North Atlanta’s international studies program, and she is president of the Key Club. Camille is also a varsity football and basketball cheerleader.
She also has expressed her artistic side at North Atlanta. She is a vocalist with the school’s Jazz Band and played Dorothy in the school production of “The Wiz.”
Although she is only a sophomore, Camille has many goals and visions for the future. She will continue her efforts to battle hunger and promote balanced living and wellness among others. She is organizing a costume party for Halloween, and instead of paying for entry, attendees will be required to donate two canned food items.
Camille has a couple of ideas about what she would like to study after high school, including civil engineering, international studies and theater. She hopes to attend either the Juilliard School or New York University, although an Emory-Georgia Tech dual-degree program combining civil engineering and international studies also is possible.