Fifteen-year-old Warren County native Kataen Shockley received state recognition at the Miss Tennessee Teen Volunteer Scholarship Pageant held March 9. She joined the court as fourth runner-up, won the People’s Choice, and was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Community Service Award for her platform work.
While at the pageant, she competed in an eight-minute private interview, talent, fitness, evening gown and on-stage question. Her talent was a lyrical dance to “Hallelujah.”
Shockley’s pageant platform is Feeding Friends – Helping the Hungry of Warren County. She started the organization two years ago through her church youth group after seeing students at her school going without enough food. The project includes providing extra FUEL take-home bags for students. She has spearheaded various fundraisers and activities to raise funds to supplement the program. Pageant officials offered high praise for the extensive work and dedication given to this project.
“I am passionate about feeding our youth and helping provide my friends and schoolmates with the security of knowing they will have food over the weekends and during long breaks from school,” said Shockley.
Shockley is the daughter of Penny and Grady Shockley, and is a sophomore at Warren County High School. The honor student is active in school activities, including student council, Interact, FCCLA and a member of the Pioneerette Dance Squad. The seasoned actor and dancer has been part of numerous stage presentations and dance competitions.