Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Giving Back: Miss Callahan Sets an Example

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Giving Back: Miss Callahan Sets an Example

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Byline: KEVIN TURNER

CALLAHAN -- Lindsay Horton has taken advantage of hundreds of opportunities to volunteer in Callahan. She wants to set an example for youth in her hometown.

And maybe, someday, she'll be Miss America.

For now, it's one step at a time for the 19-year-old, who discovered a love for volunteer work two years ago when she became Miss Callahan. That title requires some volunteer work, but since then, she has done a lot of work that wasn't required at all.

"I'm helping where I can when necessary," Horton said. "I've done volunteering with the Greater West Nassau Chamber of Commerce at the counter and at ribbon cuttings. Right now, I'm volunteering with the annual chamber banquet coming up in January, and so is my sister, Brandi Horton. I also helped with the Chamber's golf tournament this year. I helped at Micah's Place for a while."

Horton said she got a lot out of her volunteering for the Chamber of Commerce.

"It turned out to be lots of fun. It was very beneficial to meet so many contacts, and it's exciting to go to the meetings and banquets," she said.

She's also active in volunteering to work with youth at her church, Lighthouse Baptist in Callahan. She works with them through music and camps and has been a teacher at the church vacation Bible school. She also helped gather clothes and supplies for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"People in church think I'm much older -- 17- and 18-year-olds come to me for advice, and I'm not that much older than them," Horton said.

She was also a counselor for the church camp over the summer.

"Talk about going four days with three hours of sleep. And I still was able to show a lot of energy and being happy with youth. You have to do that to keep them interested," she said.

Horton's platform in the Miss Jacksonville/First Coast Pageant is "Setting the Example: Serving our Youth." The pageant is Dec. 3 at Jacksonville's Florida Theatre.

"I'm really nervous. This is a preliminary to be Miss Florida and Miss America. It'll be a lot of fun. What a great opportunity to go to the Miss Florida pageant. It's for a scholarship, and that's a big deal for me right now," Horton said. …

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