Johnston Teen Aims for Title of Miss RI on May 26 at RIC
JohnstonPatch 'Whiz Kid' Jummy Olagundoye, who founded the Jam2Fit teen fitness organization, is one of the contestants in this weekend's Miss RI pageant.
On Saturday at Rhode Island College, the Miss RI Scholarship program is scheduled to celebrate its 90th anniversary with its Scholarship and Outstanding Teen Pageants — and among the contestants will be Johnston resident Jummy Olagundoye.
Last year, we profiled Jummy as one of Johnston's "Whiz Kids" for her work in raising awareness of teen health issues and starting her own nonprofit organization, Jam2Fit, aimed at bringing the message of a healthy lifestyle to young people her age.
The Johnston Insider also recently profiled Jummy and her participation in this weekend's pageant.
In 2003, 11-year-old Jummy traveled to America with her four sisters and her parents after winning a Nigerian visa lottery, a move that she said "changed my life" — and this weekend, she'll be among 15 contestants looking for another life-changing accomplishment.
The pageant winner receives scholarship assistance, community exposure, and a chance to promote their platform, as well as the opportunity to represent Rhode Island in the Miss America Pageant held in Las Vegas, NV, in January 2013.
Currently studying nutrition and physical education at the Community College of Rhode Island, Olagundoye said she plans to sing in this weekend's pageant and speak about health, fitness and environmental awareness.
Asked to explain her message to her peers, Jummy replied: "Be the change you want to see — don't just dwell on being, but act on becoming, because your future is in your hands. Dream it, do it. Time is limited, but you're the pilot — design your life the way you want it to be."
For tickets to the Miss RI Pageant's 90 th Anniversary visit www.ric.edu/pfa/orderinfo.php or call Rhode Island College box office at (401) 456-8144, or visit www.missri.org Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door.