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Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson, a Tullahoma native, will visit Fayetteville next week, making a stop Tuesday, Nov. 6, to speak to the Fayetteville Rotary Club and then making an appearance at Sir’s Fabrics.
After visiting the Rotary Club at noon, she will tour Sir’s Fabrics at 1:30 p.m. and will be available to talk to folks. You may also have a photo taken with Miss Tennessee. Bring your own camera.
Chandler Lawson’s lifelong dream came true when she was crowned Miss Tennessee 2012 on June 23 in Jackson at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.
As the newly crowned Miss Tennessee, Kirkland’s Inc. sponsors Chandler as she serves as Governor Haslam’s Official Spokesperson for Character Education and travels over 70,000 miles and speaks to over 40,000 schoolchildren about the Character Education Trait: Caring.
Throughout her year of travels across the state, Chandler also serves as a Spokesperson on the Community Council for Second Harvest Food Bank as well as the Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network for the state of Tennessee, home to five CMN hospitals.
Chandler is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in Political Science and has been accepted to the University of Tennessee School of Law. She was named UTC’s Chancellor’s Ambassador, was an Honor’s College Council member, was a National Honors College Conference Representative, served as Pre-Law Club Secretary and was Tennessee’s Intercollegiate State Legislative Representative. Chandler served as a Student Government Senator her freshman through junior year of college, serving as President of Freshman Senate and chairing the Projects Committee and Academic Affairs Committee.
Chandler has been awarded over $25,000 in college scholarships from her participation in the Miss America program. She won the Miss America Organization’s State Academic Scholarship in 2011 and was awarded the Miss America Organization’s State Community Service Award in 2012.
A University Honors program graduate, Chandler has received the National Sodexho Stop Hunger Grant Writing Scholarship, Brock Scholarship, UTC’s Chancellor Scholarship, National Best Buy Scholarship, National AXA Achiever’s Scholarship and was named Toyota’s National Community Scholar.
During her college years, Chandler was a Dean’s List student, a member of the National Honors Society, Mortar Board, Mu Alpha Theta, Barrett-Browning English Honors Society and Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honors Society.
Chandler is the founder and spokesperson for 5 Loaves 4 Kids, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization she established in her hometown of Tullahoma. She worked with principals, teachers and cafeteria coordinators to place food in the hands of children who would not otherwise eat over the weekend through her backpack program, serving over 50,000 meals since the program’s inception.
In order to support 5 Loaves 4 Kids, Chandler created a “Cans for Kids” food drive, as well as five other fundraisers that help to fund the non-profit organization. She has personally raised over $10,000 for her backpack program to date, which is still thriving in her community. In recognition of the philanthropic programs she developed, Chandler was named Chattanooga’s Person To Watch and has served on Second Harvest Food Bank’s 2011 and 2012 Harvest Moon Ball Volunteer Committees.
She was recently award a Service Citation by UTC’s Chancellor and the Mayor of Tullahoma proclaimed “Chandler Lawson Day of Service” in her honor for the work she has accomplished with 5 Loaves 4 Kids.
Chandler is serving as a spokesperson on Second Harvest Food Bank’s Community Council, filmed a PSA for Speak Out Against Hunger, founded the “Change for Child Hunger” change drive and assisted in the launch of “Lunch Express” Mobile Food Bank in East Tennessee. She also served as the keynote speaker for Operation Feed Finale and hosted the Summer Harvest Food Drive for the Mid South Food Bank in Memphis.
Chandler will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., in January of 2013 to compete for the title of Miss America.