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STELLAR STUDENT: Brittany Deaville
by Savannah Weeks
sweeks@neighbornewspapers.com
October 11, 2012 02:33 PM | 1981 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brittany Deaville, a pageant winner and student of academic excellence, is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside, too.

Deaville, 17, is a senior at South Paulding High School, although she is rarely there as she is participating in a joint enrollment program at Georgia Highlands College where she takes five classes.

The senior, who wants to be a second-grade teacher, also interns in a class at Dugan Elementary School every day from 8:30 to 10:30.

Deaville’s work outside the classroom is what has earned her status as a “stellar student,” however.

A year and a half ago, Deaville started a nonprofit organization called “Color Me Beautiful.” The mission of the organization is to provide coloring books, crayons and other art supplies to children in hospitals and orphanages.

“Coloring books are cheap and affordable. Everyone can get involved with coloring books,” she said.

The teen reached her goal of giving away 1,000 coloring books in June.

She solicits elementary and middle school students to donate coloring books at school. Classes or grades that submit the most coloring books in a certain time period receive an ice cream or pizza party as a reward.

She currently holds the title of USA National Teen 2012 after winning the pageant — part of USA National Miss — in Loganville earlier this year.

“My mom’s an art major, and I’m a pageant girl, but I didn’t want to be just another pageant girl. I wanted to do something with my title,” Deaville said.

In school, Deaville is involved in many extracurricular activities, including National Honor Society, Beta Club, DECA, a student business club, Future Educators Association and Spearhead, a leadership club at South Paulding.

“That’s pretty much the only time I’m at school, is if I have a meeting in the morning or something,” Deaville said.

Of the college classes she is taking, Deaville said they were difficult, but she was sure it would pay off in the end.

Deaville is eligible for specific joint-enrollment scholarships, which will be beneficial because she is only applying to private colleges.

The pageant queen has applied to Berry College in Rome and Reinhardt University in Waleska.

Deaville said she hopes to make a decision on which school she will attend soon and is visiting Berry College this weekend.

For more information on “Color Me Beautiful,” visit its Facebook page or email Brittany Deaville at bdeaville @gmail.com.
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