Indian-American Aashna Shah wins Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen 2022

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Aashna Shah after winning the crown as Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen 2022 on July 12. Photo provided by Anu Shah.

Highly accomplished student and philanthropist Aashna Shah, won Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen 2022, in early July. She is the first Indian-American to win this crown. She will represent the state of Florida at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Dallas, Texas the week of Aug 7, 2022.

The rising 11th-grade honors, AP, and dual-enrolled student at Ponte Vedra High School, is also a budding philanthropist, a July 12, 2022, announcement from Miss Florida said (missflorida.org).

Aashna Shah lowers herself to be crowned Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen 2022, July 12. Photo provided by Anu Shah.

For many years now, Aashna has been a committed philanthropist known for her social service, even receiving the Presidential Service Award at the White House.

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In 2017 Aashna founded Kindness in a Diverse Society (KIDS), with the aim of helping the whole child. She was inspired by the quote “Helping others is the way we help ourselves”, by Oprah Winfrey.

She encourages kids to volunteer at a young age. KIDS recently received an official proclamation from the Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, for promoting and increasing volunteerism in Florida’s youth.

After being diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD in the 8th grade, Aashna expanded the mission of KIDS to include educating children and parents about learning disabilities.

She has now published 3 children’s books — Dynamic Diya: Dyslexia is her superpower; Amazing Adriana: ADHD is her superpower; and Brave Brian – Anxiety gave him his Superpower.

The books have been donated to schools and libraries across Florida, the press release said.

Aashna also secured a proclamation from the city of Jacksonville declaring May 8-14, 2022, official Dyslexia Awareness Week.

A competitive dancer, Aashna is on the Ponte Vedra High School “Splash” Varsity Dance team, Art of Dance, and Bollywood Dance Mania.

Her goal is to become pediatric dental surgeon.

Aashna has also held the title of Miss Teen India USA 1st Runner Up 2021 which at the pageant held in New Jersey, organized by the IFC.

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