If you've browsed our 2019 Scholastic Cheer Catalog, then you know that our cover model, Catelyn Combellick, was crowned Miss Indiana Teen USA 2019. Catelyn was awesome enough to do a Q&A with us. Check it out below and be sure to follow Catie on Instagram at @missinteenusa and @catie_combellick.
What brings you the greatest joy?
I’ve been riding horses for 9 years now; I’ve tried cable roping, barrel racing, pole bending, and now hunter jumping. Every time I go to the barn and see my horses I am instantly filled with joy and excitement. No matter how bad of day I may have had, being around horses never fails to put a smile on my face and brighten up my world.
What charity do you support as Miss Indiana Teen USA?
Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation ensures that children with special needs, who cannot afford life-enhancing tools such as wheelchairs, beds, service dogs, hearing aids, iPad's, etc., are gifted them and can “celebrate their specialness” and be able to enjoy life and thrive.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
I’ve always kept my schedule tightly packed. I have orchestra rehearsal, cello lessons, art lessons, horseback riding, charity work, schoolwork, working out at the gym, club activities, house of representatives, and being Miss Indiana Teen USA. There are times where I feel overwhelmed with everything that I have to do. The best advice that I’ve ever been given is to take everything one at a time. Looking at things all at once can make one overwhelmed and more likely to quit. But looking at things individually makes everything seem less stressful, and more likely to get your work done.
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
I never leave anywhere without a pair of crazy socks. I have just about any sock you can imagine; I have socks for every holiday, food, animal, etc. Wearing funny socks gives me something to laugh about during a stressful day, and It shows my crazy and quirky personality.
What quote do you live by?
“Be your own kind of beautiful” - I personally have struggled
with seeing myself as beautiful in the past. The constant battle with myself
and the mirror was driven by the unrealistic standards of “beauty” that were
constantly shoved in my face and are set by society. I remember seeing this quote on the side of an
old building when I was in
Who are your heroes?
My biggest hero would be my mom. She has shown me the importance of hard work and perseverance. My mother has defied every stereotype and has shown me how powerful women can be. Even though it took a lot of patience and effort she is an ER physician at IUHN/Riley Hospital and I aspire to follow in her footsteps one day.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Throughout my life I have always been deathly afraid of public speaking. Being in front of even one new person would make me shake uncontrollably and break out in tears. Through pageantry I have learned that I have a voice, and my voice needs to be heard. I started taking speech classes and practiced talking in front of more and more people. Pushing through my social anxiety was tough, but with determination and putting myself out there I am now able to speak in front of anyone. I now believe in myself and know that my voice and opinions are important. I now know that my anxiety doesn’t define me.
What is your favorite beauty secret?
Growing up with horses and two older brothers, I never wore makeup. I find that people do not need makeup to be beautiful. I feel that my favorite beauty secret would just to be yourself. Don’t hide behind your hair or layers upon layers of makeup. Show your natural beauty and wear it like a princess.