In early August, Selena Mitchell traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national Miss Black Talented Teen contest after winning the title of Miss Black Texas Talented Teen 2011 late last year. After several days of competitions, including talent, physical fitness, evening gown, and an interview with a panel of judges, she was awarded third runner-up to Miss Black USA Talented Teen 2012.
Mitchell, an 18-year-old senior from Keystone School and long-time member of the Girl Scouts of USA, has been using her titles to spread the importance of self-empowerment for young girls. In fact, she was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive, in recognition for her community service with at-risk youth. She is currently writing a self-help book specifically targeting “tweens.”
Aside from the Girl Scouts, Mitchell participates in several other community organizations such as the Top Teens of America, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, Cherice Cochrane Mentoring for Success board, and the New Creation Christian Fellowship Youth Council.
She has received a multitude of awards, special recognitions and honors. The most recent include the AP Scholar Award, U.S. Congressional Award for community service, physical fitness, self-development and exploration; and the Global Service Award for volunteer service at an all-girls orphanage in Cusco, Peru.