2015 Miss Tenn. talks responsibility, hard work with students
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JACKSON, Tenn. — Miss Tennessee 2015 Hannah Robison kicked off her tour of schools Friday in the Hub City. As a character ambassador for Gov. Bill Haslam, Robison shared her message of responsibility with hundreds of Jackson Christian School students. “I was so happy! I look forward to this chapel every year,” seventh grader Alayna Hall said. Many of the students in her audience Friday had watched Robison days earlier as she competed for the Miss America crown and finished in the top seven. Robison says she will focus on the school visits as one of her many platforms for the next year. “The character trait that I talk about is responsibility,” Robison said. She’ll share her simple message, divided into three parts, with students across the state — “The responsibility people have to their community for volunteerism, the responsibility people have to themselves to eat healthy and exercise, and respecting others,” she said. Robison revealed to students at the Friday Chapel she was victimized by high school bullies. She told students along with name calling, other students wrote hateful names on her car. Despite being a chemistry major at UT Martin, the beauty queen says she wasn’t always dedicated to her homework. “I definitely feel like I relate to her,” Hall said. “There are many times when I come home and I’m not wanting to do homework.” As an advocate for science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education, Robison said her talks eventually will include lab work. “I’ll be wheeling in science experiments to conduct with the children to talk a little bit more about STEM education.” Robison said she hopes to inspire others to go after their own crowns. “Things aren’t just handed to you. You have to work really hard for them,” she said. Robison told students she has earned enough scholarship money from competing to graduate college debt free.