Alaylla Watkins

Alaylla is the 16-year-old daughter of Bryan and Stephanie Watkins of Wadley, Georgia. She is currently a Junior at Thomas Jefferson Academy, where she serves as Vice President of her class. Alaylla is active in school events and has participated in cheer, Literary Team, Key Club, and 4-H. Alaylla was also a member of the track team where she was named 2016 Region Champion in the 800 and 1600-meter run. One of Alaylla’s favorite school activities has been her participation in the shotgun team at TJA. Being the only girl on the inaugural team taught her the value of hard work, perseverance, and self-confidence. Alaylla also participated in 4-H modified trap, where she was named senior female High Score Shooter. Alaylla has received academic honors such as Highest English Average, honor roll, and citizenship award.

Alaylla has danced since the age of 2, and has danced competitively for 12 years at Stephanie’s Dance Explosion. She has hopes of dancing on Broadway in the future. To prepare for the rigor of professional dance, she trains ten hours per week. Alaylla has been accepted into Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive for four consecutive years, earning a jazz scholarship this past summer. Alaylla trains, performs, and competes in all genres of dance. At the age of 11, Alaylla was awarded the lead role of Clara in the Dublin Nutcracker. Since that time, Alaylla has continued to audition for parts that stretch her talent and push her to learn new skills. Most recently, Alaylla won a preliminary talent award at Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, performing a Broadway Jazz Dance.

Alaylla recently fulfilled her dream of working at the Georgia Capitol by serving as a Page for both the House of Representatives and the Senate. During her week of service, she was able to introduce herself to Representative Demetrius Douglas, who penned HR1342. After hearing her passion for fitness, he invited her to a committee hearing on the resolution. This experience ‘hooked’ her on the service aspect of government. Most recently, she was selected for participation in the Jefferson County Leadership Youth Program. She is excited to learn more about her community and the jobs that city officials do daily.

Alaylla is very passionate about her platform. She has visited schools, clubs, and civic organizations in 7 counties promoting Dance into Fitness. She has hosted 5K’s, Dance-A-Thon’s and donated money to local schools to purchase physical education equipment. Because of her intense passion for her platform she was interviewed by Ana Christina, host of the Dish on WJBF. She was able to demonstrate and speak about her platform and its importance. Alaylla is so excited about being able to serve her community as Miss Emanuel County’s Outstanding Teen. She looks forward to continue to get kids and teens in the state of Georgia active.

To book Alaylla for an appearance or an event, please contact Shelli Smith at jagsmith@pineland.net .