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Betty Cantrell          

Miss America 2016; Military, Health & Education Advocate

Betty Cantrell Maxwell is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Warner Robins, Georgia, who was crowned Miss Georgia 2015. On September 13, 2015, she was crowned Miss America 2016 by Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev.

Maxwell was Georgia's representative at the Miss America 2016 competition held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September 2015. Her platform was "Healthy Children, Strong America," a reflection of growing up on a farm in Georgia, and of her parents who are physical therapists.

She beat out first runner-up Miss Mississippi 2015, Hannah Roberts, for the 2016 title and was crowned by Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev of New York, on September 13, 2015. Along with the title of Miss America, Maxwell also won a $50,000 scholarship. Maxwell is only the second Miss Georgia to win the Miss America title.

As Miss America, Maxwell served as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Additionally, to further promote her platform of "Healthy Children, Strong America," Maxwell and Team FNV announced a partnership to "promote fruits and vegetables" via Twitter shortly after Maxwell won Miss America 2016.

In October 2019, Maxwell published an autobiography, “Miss Unlikely." The book is an extension of her motivational speeches and tells the inspiring story of her life, “From Farm Girl to Miss America”.

Speech Topics

The Importance of Education

Healthy Children, Strong America


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