Jacqueline Means, more commonly known as Delaware’s STEM Queen, added another crown to her collection on May 19 when she won the Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen 2019 competition. The event is the junior version of the Miss Delaware scholarship competition (the one that goes on to Miss America).
Means, whom we profiled in March, founded the Wilmington Urban STEM Initiative, an organization that supports marginalized teens’ access to STEM education. She was selected to attend the Disney Dreamers Academy class of 2019 earlier this year, and was recently awarded the Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Award.
“Through my initiative, I host Girls Empowerment STEM Events, which is a fun, creative way I found to get girls involved with STEM by doing hands-on science experiments,” she said in March. “At each event, every girl not only gets to do her own science experiments, like making alginate worms, snow, slime and dry ice ice-cream, but she also get an interactive anti-bullying demonstration and social media awareness.”
Means, a Delaware Military Academy student from Southbridge, hopes to become a neurosurgeon. She’ll compete in Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition on July 27 in Orlando.
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I am grateful and ecstatic beyond words… ☆First and foremost I want to thank my incredibly dedicated mom. From driving me all over Delaware to staying up with me hours before the pageant to study, she has been there with me every step of the way, and I could not be more grateful. Thank you for being my best friend, rolemodel, and number one supporter all rolled into one. ☆To my Teen Sister Queens, thank you for being the funniest group of girls I know and for always being truly supportive of each other! I am so proud of all of us, because we all went out on that stage and did our very best. Thanks for everything ladies (including the Escape Room and Kandy Kitchen memories lol) ☆To Nia Michele, Kai Ihsan, Nichelle, Ms. Dineen Bejger, and Mr. Tom, Thank you for getting me interview-ready. You're tough questions in practice truly did prepare me for the 8-minute interview. ☆Thank you to everyone who donated to help get me to States, especially Ms. Alisa, Ms. Jennifer, Mr. Randall, Dr. Coker and Ms. Karen. Your generous donations and giving hearts made it possible for me to feel and look my absolute best in every phase of competition. Thank you so much for your support! ☆ To my amazing support system, including my incredible Mother, Mr. Rashid, Elli, Rebecka, Nichelle, Kai, Kisa, and Ms. Kimberly, thank you for the endless love and support. It means the world to me that you all had so much faith in me, so thank you for believing in me even before I did. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me on this crazy journey. It has been a long road, but we made it! I wouldn't be here without everyone I mentioned previously. All of your love and support is truly more than I could ever ask for, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart ❤ I am so so excited for this year! I cannot wait to start inspiring even more young girls to embrace #STEM ! Thank you so much!! – Miss Delaware's Outstanding Teen 2019, Jacqueline Means 👩🏾🔬👑 #MDOT2019 #netde #inwilmington #delaware #delawarenews #delawarenow #sciencelife #Be100 #disneydreamersacademy #pageantlife