Aug. 28, 2009

NCAA Release

Stefanie Wittler's lifelong dream came true when she was crowned Miss Tennessee 2009 on June 20, 2009 in Jackson, Tennessee. As Miss Tennessee, Stefanie serves as Governor Phil Bredesen and the Tennessee Department of Education's Spokesperson for a Safe and Drug Free Tennessee. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network for the state of Tennessee, home to five CMN hospitals, and is also the Official State Spokesperson for the five Ronald McDonald Houses in Tennessee.

Stefanie has been recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives by Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp on C-SPAN and Hamilton County Mayor, Claude Ramsey, recognized her as Hamilton County's Outstanding Citizen for Stefanie's extensive community service in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas. Stefanie has also received the Hamilton County Dedication to Students Award, as well as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Chancellors Award for Outstanding University Representation. She is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga majoring in Communications with a minor in Sociology. Through various academic scholarships and Miss America Scholarships, Stefanie has paid her way through college and will graduate debt free after her year as Miss Tennessee.

Stefanie has been named as the Ronald McDonald House Official State Spokesperson since she has been a devoted volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House Charities since 1990. She created and organized the "RMH Cheer-Off" and the "RMH Cruise-In For Kids" which combined, raised over $10,000. Stefanie was honored to be the recipient of the Ronald McDonald House Big Red Shoe Award for her outstanding service and philanthropic efforts to the organization.

Stefanie will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada in January of 2010 to compete for the title of Miss America. She is honored and blessed to have the great opportunity to be a role model and mentor to thousands of students in the State of Tennessee.