Katie Gardner is a 13-year-old eighth grader from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is a member of the Duke University Talent Identification Program, Gifted & Talented Program, Honor Roll, FCA, Track, and her school dance team. She is also on a competitive dance team and enjoys singing. She is currently Miss Lights of the Delta’s Outstanding Teen and will be competing for the title of Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen in July 2013. She is a member of 4-H where she serves as a County Council 4-H Officer and County 4-H Ambassador. She serves as State and County Fair Ambassador, the 2013 Junior Arkansas Beef Ambassador, and the founder of Blessing Others with Service (aka BOWS), a platform that encourages performers to get involved in nursing homes by performing and entertaining nursing home residents. She also devotes time volunteering for Veterans, political campaigns, recycling programs, and many other 4-H service projects.