TROY, Ala. (WSFA) – If you asked newly crowned Miss Volunteer Alabama Madison Neal if she thought she was going to win, she would say no.
“No, no because I’ve lost so many times,” Neal said.
The University of Troy graduate received nearly $10,000 in scholarships to invest in his education or pay off college debt. She earned $6,000 of those funds for her dedication to her personal service platform, Silencing the Stigma: Addiction Awareness.
“I was raised in a small town with a lot of flaws stacked against me, you could say,” Neal said. “With my family’s struggle with addiction, I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to afford to go to college.”
She enjoys being able to speak to crowds of hundreds of students about addiction awareness, but full-time work can be tough.
“It’s hard, I think we’d be lying to each other if we didn’t compare ourselves to other women,” added. “But learning your own worth doesn’t take away from someone else’s worth.”
Neal says she looks forward to competing for the title of Miss Volunteer America in June of next year and she hopes she will have the chance to serve and make a lasting impact on people.
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