TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler native London Hibbs was crowned Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2019 and won a $31,000 scholarship.
During her reign, Hibbs says she plans to educate others on her platform Check Yes 4 Life, which encourages teen organ donor registration, a topic she said is personal to her.
"I'm an organ donor and a lot of my family is, and my great-uncle's life was actually saved when he received a lung transplant from a young man who passed away in a vehicle accident," she said.
Hibbs will spend the next year visiting children in hospitals, volunteering, and doing what she loves most: speaking to kids in schools.
"So I actually have a program that I developed called Love With Your Life that takes the subject of organ donation and sort of plants the seeds in the hearts and minds of elementary age children [...] without talking directly about organ donation," she said. "It sort of gives them an insight on what it means to be generous and what it means to share."
While Hibbs enjoys the glitz and glamour that comes with her crown, she said she's focused on inspiring the next generation of young girls.
One of her first big appearances as Miss America's Outstanding Teen will be at the Miss America competition on September 9 in Atlantic City.
Hibbs said she's excited to see who will win and to cheer on Tyler resident and Miss Texas Madison Fuller, who will be competing for Miss America.