YOUR MISS HASTINGS
Your Miss Hastings 2020
Social Impact Initiative:
The Right Type to Save a Life:
Building Blood Donation Awareness
Sophie Keeler is a rising senior on the President’s List at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she attends their Honors College. A recipient of their Presidential Scholarship, Sophie is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Blue Key Honors Society. Always one to serve others, Sophie's finance major and biology minor have a study emphasis on becoming a physician's assistant. An additional part of her education this year includes her certification and work experience as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
Sophie's Social Impact Initiative is called "The Right Type to Save a Life: Building Blood Donation Awareness," which promotes the facts and benefits of regular blood and plasma donation. Giving blood has regained some status as a civic duty because of the urgent need for convalescent plasma to fight COVID-19. As a Red Cross Blood Drive Ambassador, Sophie eagerly tells others about it! Advocating blood donation to establish a broader base of donors across each generation is a goal she knows will benefit everyone in the future. That's why Sophie is passionate about serving her community and the Red Cross!
As a twenty-year dance veteran, Sophie has used her gift with dance teams, in musical theater, and as a dance marathon volunteer to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. Her dance skills earned the talent award and a $100 scholarship at her local competition along with her MIss Hastings title and $1,000 scholarship for her education. Other talents of Sophie's include singing as a three-time member of the Minnesota State Honors Choir and playing guitar, ukulele, and keyboard.
Robert and Katy Keeler are the proud parents of Sophie and her brother, Ryan. Other beloved family members are Piper the Dalmatian, Lucy the Jackapoo (a Jack Russell and poodle mix), and Millie June, her college kitty companion. When Sophie isn't at school or serving our community as Miss Hastings 2020, she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Only 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood.
But only 5% of eligible donors donate.
American Red Cross