Why I Decided to Give Up Pizza for a Year

As many who know me I am obsessed with pizza. It is always my top choice for meals whether it is Pizza Hut’s deep dish, Papa John’s pizza delivered with the tasty garlic sauce, or even the Giordano’s in Chicago famous for the deep dish pizza that melts in your mouth.  This delicious meal is always an A+ and satisfying.

Although this yummy piece of cheese, tomato sauce “but it’s a vegetable”, and bread is quite hefty on the calories. Ranging with two slices of Peperoni pizza, because who can have just one?, the 625 calories that will haunt you. That is 159 minutes of climbing stairs to burn off those TWO slices of pizza. That is like the longest, and worst workout.

So, after all that I decided that giving up pizza would be a good idea for a YEAR. I thought of how many calories I won’t be eating. Giving up pizza will help a balanced diet and help with weight loss. My goal for 2016 is to lose 15 pounds, and getting rid of pizza is the first step.

This is one of the hardest decisions I have made, but in order to fulfill your dreams you have to give up things to make those dreams become a reality. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

Love Always,


…And a Happy New Year to all

Competing for Miss Indiana State University

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This past weekend I competed for Miss Indiana State University.  It was an amazing experience to meet 21 other girls just as driven and committed to service as I am.  This was my first pageant in the Miss America system and I can’t wait to participate in more.  I am proud to announce I was awarded the Miracle Maker Award (Raising the most money for CMN) and the People’s Choice Award.  While I did not take home the crown, I do wish Madisson Brower all the best as she serves her year as Miss ISU.

I would like to thank my friends, family, ZTA sisters, and my coach Nicole Pollard for all the support along the way!

~Thank you Katelynne

Farewell from Miss Teen Indiana International 2014

2014-07-03 20.41.13As I write my farewell letter to close out my year as Miss Teen Indiana International; I can only remember all the great times I had.  I will cherish them forever. This letter is to highlight my year, no tears.

I began my journey the day after Christmas of 2013 with a phone call from Ms Mary Richardson saying, “Congratulations Katelynne, you were chosen as Miss Teen Indiana International 2014. I wish you all the best.” What a gift to receive!  Even then I did not realize the impact that this year would make on my life.  So, I would first like to thank Mary Richardson for the opportunity of a lifetime. The International Pageant system is an experience that means the world to me.  You have offered me an opportunity to share my message, the chance to improve myself personally and professionally, and the amazing chance to make new friends along the way.  I thank you for your encouragement, kind words, and support throughout my reign.  You are changing the lives of so many young women today, and for that I thank you.

One of the things that attracted me to the International Pageant system was the emphasis they place on giving back and finding a way to serve in your community whether it is on a local, national, or global scale.  As part of the process, I had to identify a cause in which to dedicate my time, and and with that in mind, I found a second home. The American Heart Association gave light to my title and to my life. I was so inspired with their belief in me and my power to change lives with my own heart story. Being diagnosed with a heart condition just means you have a bigger heart to give out more love, someone close told me that to make me not worry. When I was first diagnosed, it was a very scary time for me.  My family and I coped with it through education.  That is one of the reasons I chose the American Heart Association as my platform to give back.  By helping the AHA, I was able to share my story and keep learning along the way.  When people heard my story I felt like there was a renewed sense of hope within many across Indiana. Thank you for everything AHA, I will be eternally grateful.

Where would I be without my life-saving Nicole Pollard. You are not only my coach, but a trusted mentor and what I consider to be a true friend.  Thank you for the advice, coaching and friendship. You continuously support and believe in me, even when I didn’t. I don’t know where I would be without your advice and expertise. You are so talented and are giving girls so much in return. Thank you, and I love you so much.  I can’t wait to see what we work on next!

To the sponsors who gave their donations and their hearts to Miss Teen Indiana International, thank you. You dressed me, donated to my journey to Jacksonville, and gave your best expertise to make me a better teen contestant.  There were so many that it is tough to list you all, but know that my family and I appreciate all of your support during this last year.

The family and friends, who have sponsored and donated time and money to send me to Miss Teen International, thank you. Your contribution is appreciated and I wouldn’t have got as far as I did without your support. You all know who you are…

Chrissy, my little sister who would rather not claim me, Thank you for your calming thoughts during Miss Teen International and your endless support, even during your sweet sixteenth birthday.

To my crazy, yet loving parents who acted as manager, director, sponsor, and non-stop taxi for me- thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have no words to describe how much you have helped me flourish with my reign. The endless amount of love and encouragement you gave me was appreciated and will never be forgotten. I can always count on you and know you have my back. I remember my dad giving me a little kid crown before my first state pageant saying, “You will always be a princess to me” and I will never forget that moment. You guys always believed in me and put up with my mood swings when I was having my rough days. I love you both.

Thank you everyone. This year has taught me so much that I will continue to use in my lifetime. This past year has been rewarding and exciting combined with my graduation and journey to college.  I have BIG plans for 2015 and am currently working to achieve those goals both professionally and personally.  So for now, I bid you farewell as Miss Teen Indiana International 2014, but look for new adventures to come and wish me luck!


Katelynne Newton
Miss Teen Indiana International 2014

Volunteering for the 2014 Riley Radiothon

What a fun day!  I had the privilege to volunteer at the Riley Radiothon greeting families, patients, and employees.  It was fun to crown many princess for a day and one Radio DJ I think enjoyed it more than anyone! … Continue reading

2014 American Heart Association Heart Walk-Indy

Today’s the day!  I came home from college to attend the 2014 American Heart Association Heart Walk here in Indianapolis.  I was able to catch up with all of my friends with the AHA.  I volunteered today in the Community … Continue reading

Say a Prayer for Katelynne Tomorrow!

2014-07-29 19.07.14Tomorrow is Katelynne’s BIGGEST day of the pageant as she competes in Interview, which is 40% of her entire score!  During this time she is able to share the story of her platform (advocating for heart health), talk about what she has done this past year and what her goals are in the future.

Please take a moment to wish her well and tell her you are thinking of her on this day!

You’ve GOT this Katelynne!  This is what you have worked so hard to do.  Show them your inner beauty and the rest will shine though.  We love you!

~Love Mom

Miss Teen International Pageant-Jacksonville 2014

I’m so excited to be here!  I have worked this past year preparing for this opportunity to continue my “Spreading the N.E.W.S.S.” about heart healthy habits for children and teens.  Yesterday kicked off the pageant with Orientation and meeting all of my sister teen queens from around the world.  It’s so exciting to make new friends and be able to learn what other girls are passionate about.  This is an amazing group of young women and I am honored to be amongst them.  I also want to thank the International Pageant staff as they have been so very welcoming and helpful.  Here’s to a great week!  Fingers crossed and prayers appreciated.  Love you all and will keep you updated on my week here in Florida representing Indiana.

~Love Katelynne

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The Journey Begins #capturethecrown-SO EXCITED!

2014-07-03 20.31.37Tomorrow I leave for Jacksonville, Florida to compete for Miss Teen International 2014. I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity. I also can’t wait to meet all of the contestants and staff. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers over these next 10 days. We will be posting lots of updates and photos throughout the week.

Please use the hashtag #missteeninintl2014 #teaminintl so I can be sure to see everyone’s support and love!

Also be sure to download the Capsule Cam App to see real time photos from our journey! Here is the join link: http://trycapsulecam.com/6Q9P2

Thank you #capturethecrown

~Love Katie